St. Mary of Furness Roman Catholic Church

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St. Mary of Furness Roman Catholic Church
St Marys of Furness.jpg
Basic information
Location Hindpool, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
Geographic coordinates 54°06′54″N 3°13′57″W / 54.1150°N 3.2326°W / 54.1150; -3.2326Coordinates: 54°06′54″N 3°13′57″W / 54.1150°N 3.2326°W / 54.1150; -3.2326
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Province Province of Liverpool
District Diocese of Lancaster
Status Active
Heritage designation Grade II listed building
Website Diocese of Lancaster: St. Mary of Furness
Completed 1867

St. Mary of Furness is a Roman Catholic church located on Duke Street in Barrow-in-Furness, England. The congregation was founded in 1858, however the current building was constructed between 1866 and 1867 with £6,000 donated by Spencer Cavendish the 8th Duke of Devonshire.[1] Designed by English architect E. W. Pugin, the spacious church originally seated 800, but has now been expanded to accommodate around 1,000 worshippers.[1] In 1976 St. Mary of Furness and the church presbytery were granted Grade II listed status by English Heritage.[2]

The highly decorative altar inside St. Marys

The church's powerful organ contains approximately 3,000 pipes and was originally built by Messrs. Hill and Son for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.[1] The spire of St. Mary of Furness wasn't added to the church until 1888, despite being a key component of the original plans.[2]

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