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.

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