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Christ Church, Lancaster


Christ Church, Lancaster

Christ Church, Lancaster
Christ Church, Lancaster, from the northeast
Christ Church, Lancaster is located in Lancaster
Christ Church, Lancaster
Christ Church, Lancaster
Location in Lancaster
Location Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Christ Church, Lancaster
Founder(s) Samuel Gregson
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 13 March 1995
Architect(s) Henry Martin, Paley and Austin
Paley, Austin and Paley
Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1855
Completed 1889
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish Lancaster Christ Church
Deanery Lancaster and Morecambe
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Philip Simon Hudd

Christ Church, Lancaster, is in Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2]


Christ Church was built between 1855 and 1857 to a design by the London architect Henry Martin.[3] It was built as a chapel for transept.[6] In 1919 a war memorial was installed in the churchyard. It was in Derbyshire stone, 25 feet (8 m) high, and cost £400. This was designed by Henry Paley, then trading as Austin, Paley and Austin.[7]



The church is constructed in squared coursed sandstone and has slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave, a west baptistry, a north porch, a north transept, a north vestry, a chancel with a lower roof, a south aisle with a chapel, and a south porch. At the west end is a pair of turrets. Most of the windows in the church have pointed arches and contain Geometric tracery. The turrets have square bases that broach to octagons. The bell openings are gabled and above them are spirelets. At the west end of the nave is a five-light window containing Perpendicular tracery. Beneath the window and between the turrets is the baptistry.[2] Springing from the baptistry are gargoyles.[3] At the west end of the south aisle is a three-light window. The south aisle is in six bays separated by buttresses. Five of the bays contain two-light windows with trefoil heads. The sixth bay, probably the site of an earlier transept, contains a three-light window. On the north side of the church is a porch, with one bay to the west and three bays to the east, all with two-light windows. In the north transept, the north window has three lights, and the west window two lights. The north wall of the vestry contains a four-light mullioned window and a doorway; the east wall has two two-light windows. In the east wall of the chancel is a three-light window; the south aisle and chapel each have two-light windows, and in the south wall of the chapel are two two-light windows.[2]


Between the nave and the south aisle is a four-bay Preston.[8]

External features

To the north of the church is a sandstone war memorial dating from 1919. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[6][9]

See also



  1. ^ a b Christ Church, Lancaster,  
  2. ^ a b c d e f  
  3. ^ a b c d e Hartwell & Pevsner 2009, pp. 407–408.
  4. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 237.
  5. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 241.
  6. ^ a b Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 246.
  7. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 249.
  8. ^ Lancashire, Lancaster, Christ Church (N01994),  
  9. ^ English Heritage. "War memorial approximately 5 metres north of Christ Church, Lancaster (1298335)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 


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