Bilston - Churches by Francis Goodwin :: Shared Description

Francis Goodwin (1784 - 1835) was a prolific architect, based in London, who was responsible for the design of many buildings in the early nineteenth century, including the first Manchester Town Hall and Derby Gaol. He was also responsible for the building or rebuilding of about 20 churches across England. See LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link .

In Bilston, Francis Goodwin was responsible for the building of two "Commissioners' churches" - St Leonard's in the town centre and St Mary's on Oxford Street. St Leonard's was built in 1825 in the neoclassical style (please see LinkExternal link ) and St Mary's was built in 1827 in the Gothic Revival style (please see LinkExternal link ).

Commissioners' churches were those constructed under the Church Building Act of 1818. Under this leglislation, the government part-funded the construction of 600 new churches especially in areas where the population had grown rapidly due to the need for workers in the factories built as part of the industrial revolution - see LinkExternal link for more details.
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SO9596 : Bilston - St Mary's CofE Church on Oxford Street - from SW by Dave Bevis
SO9496 : Bilston - St Leonard's Church - west end by Dave Bevis
SO9596 : Bilston - St Mary's CofE Church on Oxford Street - from SE by Dave Bevis
SO9496 : Bilston - St Leonard's Church - tower by Dave Bevis
SO9596 : Bilston - St Leonard's Church - west front  by Dave Bevis
SO9596 : Bilston - St Mary's CofE Church on Oxford Street - tower by Dave Bevis


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