Photo: St Cuthbert’s Church, Churchtown
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Week 3 – St Cuthbert’s Church
There has been a church on the site of St Cuthbert’s since at least as far back as the time of King Stephen (d. 1154). It was the parish church of the ecclesiastical parish of North Meols, in the historic county of Lancashire. The current church was built 1730–39 to replace the original structure, which had burned down. Alterations were made in 1806. In 1908–09, architect Isaac Taylor extensively restored the church, leaving little trace of the 1806 work. The chancel dates form this restoration. St Cuthberts is a Grade II listed building. The church has some very interesting features which include wooden carvings from St Peter’s Church in Liverpool, many memorials to the Fleetwood and Hesketh families who owned most of the local area including the family seats of Meols Hall in Churchtown and Greaves Hall in Banks. The stained glass windows in the church are from the 20th century.
St Cuthbert’s was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage on 21 September 1951. The Grade II designation—the lowest of the three grades—is for buildings that are “nationally important and of special interest”. An active church in the Church of England, St Cuthbert’s is part of the Diocese of Liverpool, which is in the Province of York. It is in the archdeaconry of Warrington and the Deanery of North Meols.
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