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