Building of new church imminent

All Saints Church 1962

  • All Saints Church undergoing restoration in 1962.

[From the Luton Reporter: Tuesday, April 29th, 1919]

The project for the building of Luton's new church of All Saints is being vigorously pushed forward and hopes are entertained that a start may be made with the building in July or, at the latest, in the autumn. The plans, prepared by Mr Carrow, the eminent church architect and adviser to the Incorporated Church Building Society, have come to hand and were exhibited in detail at the Easter vestry meeting held on Tuesday evening [April 22nd].

When completed the church will seat 811 people, but the plans provide for the carrying out of the work in two sections, and only the first of these is to be taken in hand at once. This will include a sanctuary chancel, morning chapel, organ chamber and two bays of the aisle and naves, and will provide seating accommodation for 500, the minimum required for the conversion of a conventional district into a legally constituted ecclesiastical parish.

The Bishop of the diocese and the Board of Finance are most anxious that a start should be made with this section as soon as possible and have expressed willingness to make the building of the new church a first claim on the diocesan 9,000, and it is considered the funds already in hand justify a commencement being made at the earliest possible moment.

As soon as the detailed estimate and specifications are received tenders will be invited, but it is feared labour difficulties may cause a postponement of the actual carrying out of the work.

Tuesday's Easter vestry was the first All Saints have held as a separate entity. Vicar-designate was the Rev W. Morgan.