Pascal J. Stienlet and Son

Three Generations of Church Architects

Thursday 16th February 2023, 7.00 pm

Vincente Stienlet

St Joseph's Catholic Church, Wetherby

St Joseph's Catholic Church, Wetherby

As part of our 2022 Yorkshire Summer Day Trip, we visited St Joseph's, Wetherby. The whole group really enjoyed the church, and Vincente's explanation of his design. We realised there was much more to be discovered, and we invited Vincente to lecture. We learned more about the remarkable churches, cinemas and theatres the three generations of the Stienlet family have created, across the North of England, since the inception of the practice in 1904.

Born in 1941 and surviving the bombing of Matthew Bank, Vincente attended St Joseph's College in Dumfries. At sixteen he was articled for a year to Mr. Charles Harding at the well-established Newcastle architectural practice of Percy L Browne and Son and Harding in Newcastle whilst attending evening school at Durham University School of Architecture which is now part of Newcastle University. The following year he was accepted onto the full-time course. On graduating in 1963 he joined his father's office in Newcastle upon Tyne. His first new Catholic church, St Oswald's, South Shields, was completed in 1965. A long series of churches followed with work for the Methodists, the United Reformed Church, the Church of England as well as the Roman Catholic Church.


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