Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

 

Sacred Heart Church
Heys Street, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, FY5 4HN
01253 821637

Visit Date: 1st August 2015
Permission to photograph the inside of the church was kindly granted by Fr P Burns. Also I would like to say thank you to Paul Desborough for arranging the visit.

History
The church was built at the instigation of Canon James Taylor, Rector of Lytham, in 1899 with the foundation stone being laid on the 17th April 1898. The architects were Pugin and Pugin, who had worked for the Taylor brothers at St Anne’s on Sea and would do so again later at Ansdell. A major benefactor was Mrs Waterton of Alson Hall near Preston. The Church, school and presbytery were all built at the same time. After the First World War a stained glass window was installed as a memorial. The church hall (now in separate use) lies to the north, and was built later by the men of the parish.

Like the later church at Ansdell (now listed grade II), the church is built of yellow sandstone with red sandstone dressings. There is a tall west tower of three stages with a crenellated parapet. There is a wide nave and a short sanctuary flanked by side chapels. There is a western gallery. Elaborate high altar with saints under canopies and glass in the tracery window above. Original altars can also be found in the side chapels. There is a circular stone forward altar, fashioned from a mill stone, and modern sculptured figures on either side of the sanctuary arch.

The church is linked to the presbytery, which is contemporary with the church. A modern parish room, the Bamber Room, has been built in front of the link.

Entrance to the church, directly above is the bell tower.

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Lets head into the main church

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Here are a couple of side views to show the stained glass windows.

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

And a couple of closer shots, they all tell a story.

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

The Main Altar

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Looking back and you can see the upper level where the organ is situated.

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

The side altars

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

And finally to finish of the report, here is a photo taken from the upper level.

Sacred Heart Church, Thornton-Cleveleys

My thoughts
Another beautiful local church with lots to see. I have to say the stained glass is some of the best I have seen in the local churches so far and my photos do not show off the beauty, so if you are ever passing and the church is open I would highly recommend taking a look.

I met a few people on the day who all said hello and made me feel welcome. I was also serenaded by the organ player! Not really, the lady was practising but it still felt like it was just for me!

As you can see in the photos above there are some signs of damp but considering the age of the church this is to be expected.

Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Fr P Burns for allowing me to photograph the church and again to Paul for arranging the visit..

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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