The Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary and St. Joseph was built in 1802/3 and this discreet Georgian gem is one of the oldest purpose-built Catholic Parish Churches in the country.
It developed from a ‘secret’ or ‘barn’ church at the nearby Nuthill Farm. When the Law permitted the building of Catholic Churches, due to some extent to the
protection of the Constable family, and local adherents to the ‘Old Faith’ totalling over 200, a newly ordained English priest, Rev. Swinburne, was posted to Nuthill. He had been trained and imprisoned in Revolutionary France, and after a couple of years at Nuthill, he had raised sufficient donations and loans to build a simple, locally designed brick-built Mission Chapel and Presbytery.
The Church is of a simple, rectangular, symmetrical design with frescoed alter apse and a choir balcony. There are painted
Stations of the Cross and Arts and Crafts style stained glass.
The Church retains its original Georgian pews and ‘Chapel Hat Pegs’.
Visitors are provided with a comprehensive free guide to ensure you get as much from your visit as possible.