Nugent Cachemaille-Day

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Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day
Born 1896
Died 1976
Nationality British
Occupation Architect
Practice Welch, Cachemaille-Day, and Lander (1929–35)
Independent (1935–)
Church of the Epiphany, Gipton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, completed in 1938

Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day (1896–1976),[1] often referred to as NF Cachemaille-Day, was an English architect who designed some of the most "revolutionary"[2] 20th-century churches in the country. His Church of St Nicholas, Burnage has been called "a milestone in the history of church architecture in England."[3]

After training at the Architectural Association, Cachemaille-Day set up practice with Felix Lander and Herbert Welch as "Welch, Cachemaille-Day, and Lander" in 1929.[1] In 1935 Cachemaille-Day began an independent practice. Shortly afterwards he designed the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Northenden (1936–37), which well illustrates his absorption of "Continental experiments."[4] Pevsner described it as "a sensational church for its country and its day."[5]

From the 1930s he became known for his churches, some of which are the most innovative ecclesiastical buildings of their time. He was one of the leading English architects to embrace the Liturgical Movement. Between 1931 and 1963 he designed at least 61 churches, many of which are now listed buildings.

His churches include St Alban's Church, Southampton and the Church of St Nicholas, Burnage. The interior of St Barnabas, in Stroud Road, Gloucester, built at the foot of the Cotswolds in an estate south of the city, distills Gothic architecture into pure, simple gestures of interchanging arches within a huge hall church: the energy and dance of the Gothic is at the heart of this design, setting up a majestic yet lively space, its scale suggesting the ambition of a cathedral builder.[citation needed]

St Edmund, Chingford, built in 1938, is Grade II listed.[6]

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St John the Divine parish church, West Worthing, West Sussex, built in the 1930s. The tower and spire were designed by Cachemaille-Day and added in the 1960s.[7]

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