Spence’s international reputation rests chiefly on his renowned design for Coventry Cathedral, for which he received a knighthood in 1960. Spence said that it was ”his life’s wish” to design a cathedral.

“I felt certain that architecture could rise to greatness if its goal was Faith”

(Sir Basil Spence)

Following this success, Spence received many other commissions for places of worship, including three churches in the Coventry area in the late 1950s as well as Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh.