Fleetwood Church, St Wulstan’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 Wulstan’s 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. 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.

I decided to start photographing the church by heading down the middle aisle towards the altar.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

Here are a couple of close up photos of the beautiful altar.

St Wulstans Church Altar Fleetwood

St Wulstans Church Altar Fleetwood

Next I headed back down the aisle towards the baptism font and the stunning stained glass windows.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

Here is a closer photo of the stained glass above the entrance to the baptism font.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

The baptism font.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

I was about to head into the lady chapel, however, I decided to take a couple more photos of the main church from the side aisles to help show the lovely windows.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

Finally before heading to the lady chapel I took another photo from the middle aisle with the camera looking upwards to get more of the ceiling in the photo.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

The Lady Chapel is attached to the side of the main church and is open most days for prayer and contemplation.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood, Lady Chapel

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood, The Lady Chapel

My final photo here was of the pulpit looking back towards the rear of the church.

St Wulstans Church Fleetwood

My thoughts
As I always find in the churches I have visited the peace and quiet was a welcome breath of fresh air. One thing that struck me about St Wulstan’s Church however was the light. For a large space the church was full of natural daylight streaming in through the windows at both sides and ends of the church.

The main altar is stunning and I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get a photo that would show the beauty, hopefully I managed to do this.

St Wulstan’s is of a simpler build in terms of design and décor compared to other churches in the town, however, this church has to be one of my favourites. The natural light illuminating the whole church is absolutely amazing!

As always I would like to finish by saying thank you to Canon Alf Hayes for allowing me to photograph this beautiful church.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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