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Inside the Church  
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
The Church at Belmont was built to the designs of Edward Welby Pugin, son of he great Augustus Welby Pugin. Built in the decorated, early English, or Gothic style, it demonstrated the resurgent optimism of the restored Catholic faith. The exterior is in local pink sandstone, simple and unadorned, especially the west front which is reminiscent of many classical monastic facades of the fourteenth century. The interior is faced with warm Bath stone. Light from the rich aisle windows frequently suffuse the whole space. It is a beautiful place to sit on a sunny summer's afternoon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
The Church is dominated by four elegant, steeply pointed, arches which support the central tower, leading the eye heavenwards. Originally this was the crossing, but now the altar stands here at the centre of the Church, well suited to the revised liturgy. On the modern stone altar is carved the figure of the Lamb of God. Symbols of the four evangelists, (Matthew the man, Mark the lion, Luke the (Hereford!) bull, and John the eagle) stand around on the corbels of the central pillars, calling to mind the heavenly liturgy of the Book of Revelation and the worship of the Lamb.
Originally the high altar stood under the Angel Reredos at the East End, in a spacious sanctuary. This is now the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and the place where guests often join us for our celebration of the Divine Office. Below the window showing the angels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel and the nine choirs of angels, the reredos continues this theme with an angelic orchestra sounding praises of God. This was decorated in 1978 with colour washes and gold leaf.
Under a magnificent wooden roof stands the monastic choir, where the Community gathers five times a day for the Divine Office and Mass.
Moving around the Church are side altars, dedicated to The Blessed Virgin, St Joseph, St Benedict, and a Memorial Altar commemorating the old boys of the school who lost their lives in the Second World War. The North Transept was formerly an elaborate chantry chapel dedicated to the Welsh Saints.