|A reredos that rises up and embraces one.|
Nothing can quite prepare one for the impact on entering this wonderful church. In front of you the reredos shimmers and the whole place feels as if it is hovering off its Mayfair plot.
After Catholic emancipation in 1829, when the position of Catholics in England became easier, a plan was conceived on a bold and imaginative scale for a permanent Jesuit church in London.
Jenkins describes The Church of Immaculate Conception as ‘Gothic Revival at its most sumptuous, not an inch of wall surface is without decoration, the climax is reredos of gilded stone by A.W.N. Pugin.
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was the English architect, designer, artist, and critic, on of the leaders the Gothic Revival style of architecture.
More about Farm Street here https://farmstreet.org.uk
A good piece on Pugin here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Pugin
Simon Jenkins’ valuable book on Churches https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/106079/england-s-thousand-best-churches/9781846146640.html