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Worth Abbey church is re-opened for worship

Worth Abbey, one of the finest examples of 1960s church architecture, is re-opened after a year-long refurbishment

By on Thursday, 23 June 2011

Worth Abbey church in Crawley, West Sussex, is re-opened after a year-long refurbishment project    Patricia Lotery

Worth Abbey church in Crawley, West Sussex, is re-opened after a year-long refurbishment project Patricia Lotery

Worth Abbey church, designed by Catholic architect Frances Pollen and considered one of the finest examples of 1960s church architecture, was re-opened for worship during a service on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, after a year-long refurbishment project.

The Abbey Church of Our Lady, Help of Christians, is noted for its striking size and circular design. It had been in daily use by the Benedictine monks of Worth Abbey, the pupils of Worth School and a sizeable local Catholic parish since it opened in 1974. The building was made familiar to many through the BBC documentary The Monastery in 2005.