Benson Memorial Church

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St Richard of Chichester, Buntingford
File:St Richard of Chichester, Buntingford, Herts - geograph.org.uk - 355422.jpg
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website rcdow.org.uk
History
Dedication St Richard of Chichester
Consecrated 5 June 1940
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade II
Architect(s) Arthur Young
Style Modern Gothic
Specifications
Capacity 160
Tower height 45 feet (14 m)
Spire height 35 feet (11 m)
Administration
Deanery Lea Valley
Diocese Westminster
Clergy
Priest(s) John White

The Benson Memorial Church, dedicated to St Richard of Chichester, is an English Roman Catholic church in the Hertfordshire town of Buntingford. Its name derives from the notable priest and author Robert Hugh Benson who lived locally at Hare Street House and helped fund construction of the church. Benson laid the foundation stone [1] but died before the building was completed. The parish currently shares a parish priest with the Catholic churches in Puckeridge and Old Hall Green.

History

The church was built in 1914 by Arthur Young in the Gothic style and is Grade II listed[2] as it is a building of special architectural or historic interest. It was opened in January 1915. The Lady chapel was added in 1916 and the porch in 1934. The 45 feet tall tower, surmounted by a 35 feet high copper spire was added in 1939. The church was consecrated in 1940[3] by the auxiliary bishop of Westminster, Edward Myers.

References

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  2. Historic England. "Catholic Church and Presbytery. Station Road (1295687)". National Heritage List for England.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "About the Parish".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>