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St. George's Church
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St. George's Church, viewed from the west
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OS grid reference SD 203,688
Location St George's Square, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website South Barrow Team Ministry
Status Parish church
Founder(s) Duke of Buccleuch,
Duke of Devonshire
Dedication Saint George
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 6 May 1976
Architect(s) E. G. Paley,
Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1859
Completed 1883
Materials Slate with sandstone dressings
Slate roofs
Parish St. George with St Luke Barrow-in-Furness
Deanery Barrow
Archdeaconry Westmorland and Furness
Diocese Carlisle
Province York

St. George's Church is in St George's Square, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. It is the oldest active Anglican parish church in the town. The church is in the deanery of Barrow, the archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of St Aidan, Newbarns, St Luke, Risedale, and St Perran, Roose, to form the South Barrow Team Ministry. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. It stands at the southeast extremity of the town.


The church was built between 1859 and 1861, to a design by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley. Its patrons were the Duke of Buccleuch and the Duke of Devonshire. It was built at the suggestion of Sir James Ramsden to be the parish church in the developing town of Barrow-in-Furness. However it was left in a peripheral position as the town grew away from it, and especially when the railway station was relocated in 1882. The north aisle was added in 1867 by Paley, increasing the seating capacity to nearly 1,000. In 1883 the Ramsden Chapel was added, and the chancel was increased in size, being made higher and longer. In the Ramsden Chapel seating was added for use in civic occasions. This work was carried out by the partnership of Paley and Austin. The stained glass in the east window was destroyed in the Second World War. In 1982 the north aisle was partitioned off, and most of its furnishings were removed. Since the partitioning, the north aisle has been used as a church hall.



St. George's is constructed in dry-jointed slate with red sandstone dressings; the roofs are slated. The slate came from the Duke of Devonshire's quarries at Kirkby, and the sandstone from St Bees. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave with north and south aisles under separate roofs, south and west porches, a two-bay chancel with a chapel to the south, an organ chamber and a vestry to the north, and a tower at the west end of the south aisle. The tower is in three stages with diagonal buttresses, and an octagonal stair turret at its southeast corner. The parapet is embattled. The windows contain Geometric tracery.


The arcades are carried on alternate octagonal and circular piers, their capitals being carved with foliage. The stained glass in the east window dates from 1951 and was designed by A. F. Erridge of Whipple and Company. Also in the church is stained glass by Hardman, and by Shrigley and Hunt. The church had a three-manual organ built in 1881 by Young, but this was scrapped in the 1980s and replaced with an electronic organ.

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