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photoblog image Church of the Sacred heart and St Catherine

Church of the Sacred heart and St Catherine

This is possibly the finest building in Droitwich 

 

The church is based on the basilica churches of Ravenna following visits made to this ancient Italian city by the donor Walter Loverdige Hodgkinson, by the artist Gabriel Pippet, and by the architect Frank Barry Peacock, F.R.I.B.A.

 

The mosaics of The Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria are considered to be among the finest in England. They were designed by Gabriel Pippet and carried out by the mosaicists Maurice Josey and Fred Oates.

 

Gabriel Pippet was born and died in Solihull, and he was responsible for artwork in many parts of England and around the world. 

He died in 1962 aged 82 years, and is buried next to the church with his wife Alice, who died just two days before him

 

Mosaics are composed of “tessarae” - coloured pieces of Venetian glass.The designs were carried out by Gabriel in full size cartoon form. The outlines were transferred onto the walls and then each individual piece of mosaic was fixed to the plastered walls by the mosaicists. 

 

Gabriel Pippet spent some time in Ravenna and Rome where he was most impressed by the mosaic decoration, and this influence is clearly apparent in the church. The mosaicist, Maurice Josey, had been employed on the mosaics in Westminster Cathedral before he came to Droitwich.

 

When the church was first built the walls were just bare, white plaster

Church of the Sacred heart and St Catherine

This is possibly the finest building in Droitwich 

 

The church is based on the basilica churches of Ravenna following visits made to this ancient Italian city by the donor Walter Loverdige Hodgkinson, by the artist Gabriel Pippet, and by the architect Frank Barry Peacock, F.R.I.B.A.

 

The mosaics of The Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria are considered to be among the finest in England. They were designed by Gabriel Pippet and carried out by the mosaicists Maurice Josey and Fred Oates.

 

Gabriel Pippet was born and died in Solihull, and he was responsible for artwork in many parts of England and around the world. 

He died in 1962 aged 82 years, and is buried next to the church with his wife Alice, who died just two days before him

 

Mosaics are composed of “tessarae” - coloured pieces of Venetian glass.The designs were carried out by Gabriel in full size cartoon form. The outlines were transferred onto the walls and then each individual piece of mosaic was fixed to the plastered walls by the mosaicists. 

 

Gabriel Pippet spent some time in Ravenna and Rome where he was most impressed by the mosaic decoration, and this influence is clearly apparent in the church. The mosaicist, Maurice Josey, had been employed on the mosaics in Westminster Cathedral before he came to Droitwich.

 

When the church was first built the walls were just bare, white plaster

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Aug 2014, 00:25
Lots of good deco in side this building, Bill.
Bill Phillips: This collage does not do it justice Ray
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Aug 2014, 06:48
Crikey this is amazing!

And you have introduced me to a new word - mosaicists.

What more could I desire?
Bill Phillips: Next time you come up I will take you there and you can see it for real
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Aug 2014, 07:45
Oh, I am very impressed - are we really in England? - the whole church looks so Italian -and then I read your information- why didn't you show me this unique, "finest building in Droitwich" - and it is Mediterranean weather and it was sunny weather when I was there - Droitwich, the town of Italian flair!
Bill Phillips: It would have been difficult on a Sunday but next time you are here I will take you
Give me a beach in Fleetwood any day, just don't see what's nice about this church from the outside.
Bill Phillips: I give up........you are a lost cause
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 17 Aug 2014, 08:58
Doesn't appeal to me from the outside Bill, but the inside is pretty amazing. Fabulous mosaics. I will know where to point Chad next time he asks me "What have the Romans ever done for us?"

It isn't even raining ;o)
Bill Phillips: It is fairly plain but there is no mistaking which brand of religion it is. I quite like it
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Aug 2014, 09:05
Ahhh.. now I see the connection with yesterday's image. It is very impressive . I particularly like the image top right. I can imagine a good few hours could be enjoyed in respite from the incessant rain.
Bill Phillips: We had a 2 hour guided tour with some friends and it was fascinating. The sun shining through the windows lit up the mosaics
The inside is one of those places you could spend the day in and still not see it all. Amazing!
Bill Phillips: It is fabulous. We had a 2 hour guided tour and it was fascinating
I've visited churches in Ravenna similar in style to this one, Bill. The mosaics you've captured here are incredible. I can understand why you would call this church the finest building in Droitwich.
Bill Phillips: The mosaics are full of symbolism Beverly and took about 12 years to complete using some 8 or 9 tons of 1/4 inch glass!
  • Penny
  • on my way to bed
  • 17 Aug 2014, 12:56
Wow!! What a treasure, Bill - that alone would entice me to visit Droitwich (but probably not on a Friday).
Bill Phillips: It seldom rains here....
Whilst the outside is not that attractive other than its Italian style shape the inside looks absolutely amazing, it goes without saying I would love to see the inside of this building.
Bill Phillips: You would enjoy it Brian
Unusually for the UK, it has a very Byzantine look about it.
Bill Phillips: Very much so Tom. It is a bit of a gem and, unsurprisingly, a listed building
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Aug 2014, 16:56
What an interesting looking building, the information you have supplied is fascinating.
Bill Phillips: It is well worth seeing Anne

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