Fleetwood Church, St Edmund’s

 

Project Brief: To photograph the inside of all of the churches within Fleetwood and to supply a brief history.
Project Link: Fleetwood’s Churches

St Edmunds Church
St Wulstan’s Presbytery, Poulton Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 7JY
01253 873609
www.sswulstanandedmund-fleetwood.org.uk

Visit Date: 27 June 2015
Permission to photograph the inside of the church was kindly granted by Canon Alf Hayes.

History
The Diocese of Lancaster was formed from the two Dioceses of Liverpool and Hexham and Newcastle in 1925. St Wulstan’s has the distinction of being the first newly set up parish in the Diocese, and its first church was opened on February 7th 1926. The new church was opened on March 4th 1961 at a cost of £40,000 and the Lady Altar in the old St Wulstan’s was gifted to the new parish of St Edmunds to be an altar of repose. St Edmund’s which, until it merged with St Wulstan’s in 2010, was an independent parish formed in 1952.

Both parishes flourished during the ‘Glory Days’ of the Church in the 50s, and many priestly vocations resulted. Time has moved on and Fleetwood is no longer the thriving fishing port it used to be, and the fall in church attendance has mirrored the decline of a once great industry.

In the final report of the recent Diocesan “Fit for Mission?” review, it was proposed that the two parishes would merge to become one, and this happened in September 2010.

St Edmunds Church Fleetwood

St Edmunds Church Fleetwood

St Edmunds Church Fleetwood

St Edmunds Church Fleetwood

St Edmunds Church Fleetwood

St Edmunds Church Fleetwood

My thoughts
I have to admit that I have walked past this church many times and not really taken any notice. The church is tucked away on a quite street next to Cardinal Allen Catholic high school and it can be easily overlooked. From the outside St Edmund’s does not make you stand in awe, however, when you step foot inside your perception soon changes.

I remember saying to one of the congregation ‘What a lovely bright place’. The layout is simple with neutral colours on the walls and lots of natural light filling the space. To say I was surprised would be an understatement.

I will finish by saying a big thank you to Canon Alf Hayes for allowing me to photograph inside of St Edmund’s Church.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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