The Search for the UK’s Best Modern Churches

The winners of ‘The UK's Best Modern Churches’ competition were announced at a ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on 7 November 2013. The competition was run by the National Churches Trust in association with the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) and the 20th Century Society. Over 200 churches were nominated for the competition by the public, parishes and architects, which was open to church buildings or significant extensions to an existing building from any Christian denomination in the United Kingdom which opened for worship after 1 January 1953.


St Paul’s Church, Bow Common, London E3 4AR

Maguire & Murray, 1960


St Mary’s RC Church, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1PD

Jerzy Faczynski of Weightman and Bullen, 1964

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St Bride’s RC Church, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, G74 1NN

Gillespie Kidd and Coia (Isi Metzstein and Andy Macmillan), 1964


Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford OX44 9EX

Niall McLaughlin Architects, 2013


St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE

George Pace, 1963

St Francis Xavier, Falkirk, Scotland Thumbnail   (c) Stephen L D'Agostino

St Francis Xavier RC Church, Falkirk FK1 5AT

A R Conlon, 1961


Scargill Chapel, Skipton, Yorkshire BD23 5HU

George Pace, 1960


St Paul the Apostle, Harringay, London N4 1RW

Inskip & Jenkins, 1991


Kildrum Parish Church, Cumbernauld G67 2JG

Reiach & Hall, 1965


SS Mary and Joseph RC Church, Poplar, London E14 6EZ

Adrian Gilbert Scott, 1954


St Paul’s Church, Harlow, Essex CM20 1LP

Derrick Humphrys & Hurst, 1959 Grade II


All Saints Church, Spring Park, Croydon CRO 8HD

Curtis Green, 1956, Grade II Listed


Brucefield Church of Scotland, Whitburn, West Lothian, EH47 0RD

Rowand Anderson Kininmonth and Paul, 1965 - 1966


Chapel of St Albert the Great, Edinburgh EH8 9LD

Stuart Allan, Simpson & Brown, 2012

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Church of the Ascension, Crownhill, Plymouth PL5 3AA

Potter & Hare 1958


Church of the Ascension, Wembley Park, Middlesex HA9 9QL

J Harold Gibbons, 1957


Douai Abbey, Abbey Church, Woolhampton, Berkshire RG7 5TG

Michael Blee, 1993


English Martyrs RC Church, Wallasey, Cheshire, CH45 6TU

F X Velarde, 1953


Lumen United Reformed Church, Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS

Theis + Khan, 2008


Our Lady and St Columba RC Church, Wallsend, NE28 6RQ

Vincente Stienlet , 1957


Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Steelstown, Derry BT48 8EU

Liam McCormick, 1975 - 1976


St John the Baptist, Lincoln, LN2 2EF

Sam Scorer, 1963


St Joseph’s RC Church, Leicester

T E Wilson, 1968


St Molua’s Church, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast

Denis O’D Hanna, 1963