Our Lady of Perpetual Succour has the distinction of having been painted twice by Aidan Kirkpatrick, 1932-2014, a noted local artist (and parishioner). Aidan’s delicate painting is available in postcard form at the back of the church.
The Church is a Grade II Listed Building (click here to read Historic England’s full Listing report).
Points of interest on the church exterior:
Our wooden crucifix, the kind gift of the Bianco family – artist details coming soon
The original crucifix, a plaster figure encased in copper, was older than the church itself. It would have originally stood in the grounds of Gillingham Hall, used by the family for private devotions. It was later attached to the church over the pale foundation stone, which you can see in the picture above. Sadly, in 2010, our crucifix was vandalised – part of a series of attacks on crucifixes in the local area. For some time, a partially broken crucifix remained; but in 2012 the Bianco family, in memory of their relation Giuseppe Bianco and in accordance with his dying wish, presented the church with the beautiful new wooden sculpture you can see today.