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Christ Church from Garstang Road North
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OS grid reference SD 41762 33024
Location Wesham, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
History
Status Parish church
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 11 June 1986
Architect(s) Austin, Paley and Austin
Austin and Paley
Construction cost £3,350 (equivalent to £270,000 in 2018)
Administration
Deanery Kirkham
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Rev Anne Beverley
Laity
Organist(s) Mr E Lang
Churchwarden(s) Mrs C Norcross, Dr B Lang
Christ Church, Wesham - tower (1)
Tower from the south
Wesham Workhouse Paupers Memorial
Memorial stone to the Wesham Workhouse paupers

Christ Church is an Anglican church in Wesham, a small town in the English county of Lancashire. It is an active parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn and the archdeaconry of Lancaster. It was built 1893–94 by Paley, Austin and Paley, and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

History and administration

Building of the church started in 1893–94, but at this time the east end was not included. The church was designed by the Lancaster-based architecture firm of Paley, Austin and Paley. The church provided seating for 229 people, and cost £3,350 (equivalent to £330,000 in 2018).2018 In 1927–28, the east end was completed, a south porch was added, and the nave was reseated, increasing the seating to 317. This was carried out by Henry Paley, trading as Austin and Paley, and cost £5,650.

The church was used as a chapel-of-ease to Kirkham until 1913, when it was made a separate parish. The foundation stone was laid on 30 June 1892, by the Lady E. C. Clifton, and the church was consecrated by Bishop Moorhouse on 27 September 1894.

On 11 June 1986, Christ Church was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage. The Grade II designation—the third highest of the three grades—is for buildings that are "nationally important and of special interest". An active church in the Church of England, Christ Church is part of the diocese of Blackburn, which is in the Province of York. It is in the archdeaconry of Lancaster and the Deanery of Kirkham. It forms a benefice with Christ Church, Treales.

2013 saw a concert by British Christian singer-songwriter and worship leader Graham Kendrick.

Architecture

Christ Church is in the Decorated Perpendicular style and is constructed of red brick with dressings in red terracotta. The roof is red tile. The church plan consists of a nave and chancel under one roof, with a steeple to the south-west. The tower is of three stages and has a stepped sandstone parapet; the steeple is clad in green slate.

The nave has six bays and internally there are stone piers. The chancel has a large east window with mouchette tracery.

External features

The churchyard contains the war graves of two soldiers of World War I, and four soldiers and a Royal Navy chaplain of World War II. There is also a memorial to the paupers of the Wesham Workhouse.

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