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!