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St Katherine,




Close to the former Trinity United Reformed Church and the Swedenborgian Church, both in Cranbrook Road, St Katherine's stands in Salisbury Road. which runs parallel to Cranbrook Road.

It is a simple rectangular building, nine bays long, with lancet windows and a small north-west porch. It was built in 1898, to serve the Redland Court Estate, on a site given a few years earlier by Mr Greville Edwards. It was built as a parish hall, to serve as a temporary church, but was consecrated in 1931.

The permanent church never followed and the church was closed in 1953, the parish being joined to that of St Nathaniel. It was used by the BBC as a television Studio for a while, with programmes being broadcast from it. Later it was used by the BBC as a scenery construction workshop. The building was eventually sold and conversion into two houses began in 1986. It is now called St Catherine's Court.

If anyone has any pictures of the interior please get in touch!

Thanks to Tony Ford for corrections and additional information via Email.

Robert Justham sent this interesting Email on 10th June 2012: " I can, in my mind's eye, see the interior; the simply carved but effective decoration in the chancel, the chapel and vestry in the lower level and the layout of the sanctuary partly tucked around behind the organ... sadly, nothing recorded with a camera!"

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page updated 11th June 2012