Church of St. Joseph, Paxton Terrace. (Grade II listed)
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Remarkable DIY church, designed by parish priest Fr Rogers, engineer Thomas Axtell, built 1906 of moulded concrete blocks made on site. Fine painted interior, Annunciation window Extracts from the official Listed Building citation:
Roman Catholic parish church. 1906-07. By the parish priest, Fr Rogers, advised by Thomas Axtell. Moulded concrete blocks made on site; Welsh slate roof with gable copings and terracotta ridge cresting. Romanesque basilica style. Large rose window over door has moulded surround; statues on brackets in round-headed niches flank the door arch.
INTERIOR of painted blocks shows 7-bay arcade with painted round piers except for east pair, of dark red granite, with crocket capitals and chamfered round arches. High chancel and west arches on cross walls, with west choir gallery. Big moulded corbels support king post roof with arch-braced collars. Sill string to clerestory. South chancel chapel has stained glass Annunciation by Atkinson Bros, Newcastle; aisle window have round panels showing saints, set in tinted diagonal quarries; tinted glass in clerestory leaded lights. Alabaster octagonal font with shafts. Foundation stone in west porch dated 23 July 1906. An early example of the use of moulded concrete blocks, with additional historical interest of design by parish priest with advice from
Axtell, an engineer, who supervised the construction. Blocks said to have been made by the men of the parish. (Cone T and Milburn G: Buildings and Beliefs: Sunderland: 1984- 31).
Church Plan October 2002