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Ipswich Church gets Grade 2 Status

One of Ipswich’s out of town churches has been awarded Grade 2 Listed status by English Heritage.

St Thomas’s Church in Bramford Lane was designed by architect Nugent Cachemaille-Day and was constructed in 1937 by local builder A.S. Green.

Nugent Cachemaille-Day was one of the most prolific church architects of the 20th Century and a leading figure in the development of the Liturgical Movement. English Heritage praised St Thomas’s “accomplished architectural design that uses modem materials and construction techniques to interpret traditional forms in a sophisticated and highly individual manner”.

The interior of the church has “a spacious, light and uncluttered interior with an elegant, sculptural use of concrete and contrasting materials. Many contemporary fittings and fixtures remain,” added English Heritage.

Bob Kindred, Ipswich Borough Council’s Conservation Manager, said: “This is excellent news for St Thomas’s and for Ipswich. This is an important building which was an early example of liturgical ideas that became popular in post-war Britain. Its importance has now been recognised.”

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