Perched on a hill overlooking Sheffield from Gleadless Valley in the South West of the city, Holy Cross is a striking, distinctive and genuinely awe-inspiring modern building.
Completed in 1965, Holy Cross is constructed as a canted form reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s 1958 Philips Pavilion, with the roof flowing down from the stark white cross at its apex. The Virgin Mary and St John are featured in two full height stained glass windows that stand either side of the cross.
A proud, confident construction, Holy Cross can also be seen in the TV series This Is England ’86, produced by Sheffield-based Warp Films.
The above is from our Modernist Churches of Sheffield tour, featuring photography by Theo Simpson, produced for the Sheffield Modern architecture weekender 2018 – available for £2 in our online shop. Some churches are open only for mass/parish communion or by appointment – for up to date information, check the church's website.
- Words by
- Greg Povey