A church built in the hope of peace

Has your church got a ‘USP’? Our Lady Queen of Peace at Braintree has a number. The last church in Europe built before the beginning of WWII, it has a stained glass window gifted by American forces and designed by Geoffrey Fuller Webb. Listen to an interview with parish priest Fr David Manson, courtesy of BBC Essex. The radio station is keen to hear from other churches for its ‘My Church’s USP’ slot.

Geoffrey Webb (1879-1954)

Stained glass artist and brother to Christopher Webb. Geoffrey Fuller Webb trained at Westminster School of Art before working for C.E. Kempe and in partnership with Herbert Bryans for a short time. In 1914 he established his own studio in East Grinstead, Sussex.

More information about the church of Our Lady Queen of Peace can be found at http://taking-stock.org.uk/

The Taking Stock initiative, which began in 2005, aims to assess the historical and architectural importance of every Catholic church and chapel in England and Wales, categorised by diocese. The project is a partnership between the Patrimony Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, individual dioceses, and Historic England. It is part-funded by Historic England.

Fr David Manson talks to Tim Gillett of BBC Essex