Fleetwood Church, The Mount Methodist

 

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

The Mount Methodist Church / Emmanuel Church
Mount Church, Mount Road, Fleetwood, Lancs, FY7 6QZ
01253 770646
www.emmanuelfleetwood.org.uk

Visit Date: 12 July 2015
Permission to photograph the inside of the church was kindly granted by Minister Steve Carling.

History
The Mount Road Church originally belonged to the Primitive Methodists, who sprang from the great revival in the villages of North Staffordshire at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The upland spur of Mow Cop, now held by the National Trust, saw Hugh Bourne and his friends gathering for a Camp Meeting in joined by the zealous William Clowes, the movement spread far and wide.

A migration of Marshside families to Fleetwood saw them meeting together in this town as they had been accustomed to. Their Camp Meetings were held regularly on the Mount and attended by crowds who came to hear the Word.

The Society was first formed in 1851, though meetings had been held for some time the early converts were under the guidance of the Rev. William Rowe of Preston. Worship was held temporarily in a barn, but soon the need for a permanent building meant that, in 1855, a small Chapel was built in West Lord Street. The cost was £436 and later a school was added at a cost of £145. In a few years both Chapel and School had become too small and they were considerably enlarged in 1875 at a cost of £1600.

With the growth of the town and the urgent need again for larger premises, the Mount Road site was purchased and opened in 1908, initially just as a Sunday school. The Memorial Hall being added in 1930 and following the amalgamation with Wesley Church in 1971 a Community Hall and Foyer was constructed in 1974, giving the Church its present appearance.

The church celebrated the centenary of the building during 2008.

The Mount Methodist church offered Emmanuel Church the use of their building following the decision to close the church at the end of 2013. After a few weeks of decoration, Emmanuel held their first meeting at the Mount Church on the 2nd February 2014 and all subsequent morning services have taken place there.

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

The Mount Methodist Church

My final photo taken on the day was of the stairwell that leads you up to the top tier, the natural light coming in was beautiful.

The Mount Methodist Church

My thoughts
Another beautiful church with a different layout to most within the town. Lots of dark wood with an upper tier running around the edge of the church. I found the Mount Church tricky to photograph as I had to control the natural light against the dark wood furnishings, hopefully I did ok.

It is sad to see the mount congregation cease here, however, it is great to see that the building is now being used by the Emmanuel church and not just being left to decay.

I would like to say a big thank you to Minister Steve Carling for allowing me to photograph the Church.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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