Sunday, 6 November 2011

Lancaster Baptist Church, Lancaster

Baptist Church

Galgate Methodist Church, Galgate

Methodist Church

Emmanual Congragational Church, Carnforth

Emmanual Congregational Church

Christ Church, Carnforth

Christ Church

Built in 1875 to designs by Brade and Smales, this is a sadly uninspiring and dull church. The North aisle was added in 1900, with the tower being added 1908 to designs by W. Gilbee Scott.

Although the church is built of sandstone, it lacks the normal warmth of this building material....possibly due to the many years of steam train activity in this once bustling Lancashire town. Unfortunately the church was not open on my visit.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

St John the Evangelist, Galgate

St John the Evangelist

Built in 1906\07 to designs by Austin and Paley of Lancaster, this church can be found on Chapel Lane leading out of Galget to the North. St Johns gives the impression of a much older church, and there is a small peice of evidence of an older structure built into the sill of one of the windows. I think this may represent a tiny piece of an older window. Some sources indicate that there may have been a church or chapel on or near the site from as early as the mid 1100s.

The buttressed tower was originally meant to have had a spire, but this was never built, leaving us with a squat by very solid looking church tower, and looks a little like Dolphinholme's church.

Above. The chancel.

Above. Looking into the spacious nave from the chancel.

Above. Possible remains of a medieval window.

Above. Window showing Moses, David and Isaiah.

This window depicts Moses, carrying the Ten Commandments, David (centre window) and Isaiah. The window is dedicated to George Satterthwaite, who died in 1922.

Above. A beautiful Shrigley and Hunt window.

Window dedicated to the memory of Ralph Bentley and dated 1952.

Above. Fiftieth anniversary window, dated 1957, showing Jesus (right) and Peter (?).

Above. Window showing Enoch, Abraham and Job.

The above three light window depicts Enoch, Abraham and Job, and is dedicated to the memory of Samuel Marshall Satterthwaite, died 1904.

Above. Two light window showing St Martin (left) and St John (right)

Above. Massive five light West window.

This fantastic window depicts St Peter (left), then St John, then Jesus (centre), then St James the Great and finally St Paul (right)

Above. Two light window showing St Margaret and St George.

Unfortunately I neglected to remove the flower arrangement from the window sill before I took this photograph so I'm unable to see much of the information regarding the dedication.

Above. Three light window showing Faith, Hope and Charity.

This window is dedicated to the memory of Emily Murial Storey, who died in 1911. The window was gifted by her husband, H.S. Storey and her children.

Above. Two light window showing St Columba and St Aiden.

This window was installed in memory of Mary Johnson, eldest daughter of James Johnson M.D. of Hampson, who died in 1929. Again....I neglected to clear the window sill beneath the window, so some valuable information is hidden behind junk left there!

Luckily for me, the church was open when I visited, so I was able to get some photos of the interior, especially of the mainly 20th century windows.

St Thomas, Lancaster

St Thomas,

St Thomas was built in 1840\41 to designs by Edmund Sharpe. The elegant spire at the rear of the church was added in 1852\53 and built to designs by the Sharpe and Paley company of Lancaster.

The church was established after disputes over the contents of services previously held at St Marys. Funding was by way of public subscription, with the church being consecrated in 1845.

Lancaster Cathedral Church of St Peter

Lancaster Cathedral Church of St Peter,

St Paul, Scotforth, Lancaster

St Paul,

This is a beautiful church, dating from 1874 and built to designs by Edmund Sharpe. Further extensions and additions were made in 1891 to designs by Lancaster based architects Paley and Austin.

The most striking feature has to the the apse at the base of the hipped tower, with its terracotta detailing.

I would love to have been able to take some photos of the interior of this church but it was locked. I'll have to pay a visit another day. I must note here the strange attitude of the vicar of St Pauls. He approached me asking what I was doing, and told me to "get a life" when I told him that I collected churches. Nice to have some encouragement from the man in charge!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

The vicarage, Warton, Lancashire

The Vicarage

With one part of this building dating from 1824 and the other dating from around 1300, this is one of Warton's oldest buildings. Listed Grade I, it can be found between Main Street and the Rectory just opposite St Oswalds.

Above. The vicarage (right) and the Rectory (left)

The Rectory, only a few yards away, is from roughly the same period as the Vicarage. Both building were therefore likely built as the parts of the same complex of buildings, with the Vicarage being either an outbuilding, or specifically as accommodation for the Rectory.

Above. A surviving single light window in the 13th century portion of the building.

The window shown above, a cusped lancet window, probably dates from the 13th century.

Above. Another view of the 13th century portion of the Vicarage.

The portion of the building to the right with the four chimneys, is the 1824 addition to the Vicarage.

Here's a link to the St Oswald church website.

Weslyan\Methodist chapel, Newby

Weslyan\Methodist chapel
North Yorkshire

Above. The tiny Weslyan chapel at Newby.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Stained Glass at St Alkelda's, Giggleswick

Stained Glass at St Alkelda's church
North Yorkshire

Above. Three light window showing the baby Jesus being presented with doves.

The window is dedicated to Ann Waring(?) and was erected by Mary and Ellen in 1891.

Above. Another three light window, this time showing Jesus in a number of guises.

The left window shows Jesus the Shepherd. The middle window shows Jesus the preacher\teacher. The right hand window shows his followers looking for him after he has been taken down from the crucifix.

Above. Window with the quote "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not"

This beautiful window has the following memorial at its base. "To the glory of the ever blessed trinity and in loving memory of John who died April 9th 1893 and of Sarah who died April 20th 1878 eldest son and youngest daughter of the late Christopher John and Frances Anne Geldard of Cappleside." In tiny writing to the right of the dedication, the following can just be made out "An offering from their Aunt Sarah Openshaw."

Above. Five light window showing Rest (far left) St Alkeld, Jesus, St James and Peace (far right)

There are two distinct family coat of arms in the windows beneath the angels Rest and Peace...though as yet, I've not been able to identify them.

Above. Three light window, most likely entitled I am the light of the world.

Above. The Altar window.

Unfortunately, this is slightly over exposed, and also the bottom of the window is obscured by the beautiful altar screen, so I'm unable to see who was responsible for this window, or to whom it was dedicated.

Above. Another very colourful three light window.

Above. Three light window with the quote "To do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy god."

Above. Three light window with the quote "Look unto me and ye be saved."

This window is dedicated to the loving memory of Anne Hatten (?) died 5th of May 1900, and dedicated by her husband and son.

As more information is found about these windows, it will be posted here.

There are brief details and a little history relating to the church here.

St Peter, Stainforth

St Peter
North Yorkshire

St Columba's Free Church, Edinburgh

St Columba's Free Church

I've finally managed to identify this rather dark and gothic looking church as St Columba's Free church. You can find it at the junctions of Upper Bow, Johnston Terrace and Castlehill, a few hundred yards to the East of Edinburgh Castle.

The Scottish Church Heritage Research website states that this building was built sometime around 1700......but apart from that, there seems to be scant information regarding this building at the moment.