Fleetwood Church, St Peter’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 Peter’s Church
Lord Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6DX
01253 876176
www.stpetersandstdavidsfleetwood.btck.co.uk

Visit Date: 28 May 2017
Permission to photograph the inside of the church was kindly granted by Canon Fr John Hall. I would also like to thank Maureen Burns for arranging the visit.

History
Fleetwood is a 19th-century planned town, the creation of local landowner and Preston MP, Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood. In 1836, he employed Decimus Burton to lay out the new town. The new parish church was one of the buildings Burton designed. It was built in 1839–41 (Hesketh-Fleetwood laid the foundation stone) and consecrated in 1841. Hesketh-Fleetwood’s aunt, Anna-Maria Hesketh of Tulketh Hall, financed the construction of the tower and spire, however, the spire was taken down in 1904 for safety reasons. You can see a photo of the church with the spire here. In 1883, the east end of the church was altered by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin, who added a chancel, a transeptal chapel and an organ chamber. These alterations cost £3,000 (equivalent to £270,000 in 2015).

St Peter’s stands on a raised piece of land in the town centre. Surrounded by an iron palisade, it is constructed of grey rock-faced stone with red sandstone ashlar dressings. The side walls and the tower have lancet windows. The church has space for 400 people; originally 200 more could be accommodated in the galleries to the north and south; these were removed in 1960.

St Peter’s was designated a Grade II listed building on 31 March 1978.

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

St Peter's Church, Fleetwood

My thoughts
I have been inside St Peter’s a few times for Weddings & Baptism’s and what really took me back is how much you do not see when you are attending these occasions. Upon walking in with Maureen I noticed so much I had never seen before.

The walls in the main area for the congregation and fairly plain apart from the nice stained glass windows. The ceiling has some nice detail and is it very good condition. I was told that work had recently been done to the ceiling.

The altar area of the church is beautiful from floor to ceiling and is a stark contrast to the seating area when it comes to color and features. There are some lovely warm colors and again some amazing stained glass windows.

I really enjoyed my time photographing St Peter’s and as I always say the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life was refreshing.

Again I would like to say a big thank you to Maureen Burns for arranging the visit and to Canon Fr John Hall for allowing me to photograph the church.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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