Winner Hadrain Award 2007
Project: St. Christopher's Parish Church, Gunnerton
Architect: Vincente Stienlet
Client: Chollerton Parochial church Council
Contractor: Stuart Feeley
Photo: John Wylam
St Christopher's Church dating from 1899 was designed by John Cyril Hawes who went on to be a priest and architect building extensively in Australia and finally becoming a hermit on Cat Island in the Bahamas. He always thought of St Christopher's Church as his best work.
With grants and local fundraising the building has been carefully restored and a community space has been formed at the rear of the Church including toilet and kitchen facilities and serves as the only public building in this small rural village north of Hexham.
New lighting and heating have been introduced and by careful research the Church now boasts it's original interior vibrant colour scheme of peacock blue, warm red and Indian red enhanced by a spectacular new circular stained glass window at the West end by William Tillyer FRSA.