Immaculate Conception – Failsworth

Clive Road Failsworth Manchester M35

A church of the early 1960s, built before the Second Vatican Council on a traditional basilican plan. The design is striking and unusual, with an interesting combination of Gothic, classical and modern architectural motifs. The architect, Tadeusz Lesisz of Greenhalgh & Williams, is a little known figure but a designer of some interest. The church exhibits a scheme of sculpture, stained glass and mosaic on Marian themes, mainly by local designers, and retains almost all of the original furnishings and fittings in little altered state. It also retains furnishings from the late-nineteenth-century predecessor church. 

Taking Stock

The church is Grade II Listed

The west front is very striking, the broad entrance arch enclosing a suspended aluminium figure of the Virgin by E.J. Blackwell of Manchester, who also executed the moulded artificial stone friezes. 

The stained glass is by Charles Lightfoot, much of it to the designs of the architect, some incorporating glass from the previous church.

4 thoughts on “Immaculate Conception – Failsworth

  1. Thanks for posting this. I tried a comment but couldn’t. I was delighted to see that Charles Lightfoot co did the windows. I tried for a time to access their archive but failed. I have lots on other local stained glass manufacturers but not him. Best

    Diana http://www.diterry.com

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  2. While you’re in Failsworth looking at hairdressers did you go into Vics? It’s a barbers that hasn’t changed since the 60s. It’s almost next door to the ladies one.

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