Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield

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Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield
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Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield is located in Sheffield
Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield
Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield
Coordinates: 53°21′55″N 1°32′33″W / 53.365291°N 1.542377°W / 53.365291; -1.542377
Location Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Conservative evangelical
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
Vicar(s) The Revd Canon Paul Williams

Christ Church Fulwood is a large conservative evangelical Anglican parish church in the Church of England situated in Fulwood, a suburb of the city of Sheffield, England. The Revd Canon Paul Williams has been vicar at Christ Church since 2006.[1]


Christ Church, Fulwood was built on a piece of land known locally as "Round Stubbing", it was endowed by Phoebe Silcock of Whiteley Wood Hall who donated the land and gave £2,200 for the construction of the church. The transportation of the stone was done gratuitously by local farmers. The first stone was laid on 16 August 1837 by the Reverend W.V. Bagshawe.[2] The Fulwood parish was created in 1839, being the largest in Sheffield covering 19 square miles, taking in large areas of moorland extending out to Stanage Edge and Ringinglow. The church registers date from 1838 for baptisms, 1839 for burials and 1851 for marriages.[3]

The church was originally built by R. Potter and saw an extension in 1953 of the chancel and south aisle. In 1963 a north aisle was added, designed by George Pace. In 1981 rear stairs and turrets were added, designed by Ronald Sims. It became Grade II listed on 28 June 1973.[4]

The land for the first vicarage in Stumperlowe Lane was again donated by Phoebe Silcock with the cost of construction being covered by public subscription in 1839. Silcock's generosity was remembered in the church's original east window which represented acts of charity. The window was removed during the 1953 enlargement and there is now a copper tablet near the pulpit commemorating Silcock as the foundress of the church.[5]

Former vicars[edit]

  • Hugh Palmer (1997-2005). Now Rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place[6]
  • Philip Hacking (1969-1997)
  • Reverend Douglas-Jones (?-1969)
  • Laurence Philipps "Laurie" Sheath[7]
  • Lawrence Christian Peto (1922-1938[8])
  • Henry Brooke Worthington (1916-1922[8])
  • James White Merryweather (1912-1916[9])
  • Edmund "John" Howe Hewlett (1877-1911[10])
  • Edmund Boteler Chalmer (1844-1877[11])
  • Richard Walker (1837-1844[12])

Present day[edit]

The church holds three services on Sundays, at 9.15am, 11.00 am and 6.30 pm, which include facilities for babies, children, teenagers, students and internationals.[13] Students meet midweek for bible studies at "Students at 7", which takes place each week during term time.[14] A large number of the congregation also meet midweek in homes for small group Bible study.

Many regular activities also take place throughout the week including baby and toddler groups, children’s and youth clubs, bereavement care, the Christianity Explored course and a "Friday Club" lunch for senior citizens.

Christ Church Fulwood’s most popular annual event is the Carols by Candlelight services held each December.[15]

Christ Church is within the Conservative Evangelical tradition of the Church of England, and consequently it has passed resolutions to reject the ordination of women and/or female leadership.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christ Church Fulwood - Who we are - People". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Fulwood Parish Church Home Tried Recipe Book", December 1935, no ISBN, page 4. Gives history of Fulwood Church
  3. ^ "Sheffield & District Family History Society". Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Christ Church - Sheffield - Sheffield - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  5. ^ "More Of Mayfield Valley With Old Fulwood", Muriel Hall, J.W. Northend, 1974, No ISBN, Pages 4 -6 Gives historical details of church.
  6. ^ "All Souls, Langham Place : Staff and Leadership". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  7. ^ "The London Gazette : 13 September 1955" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  8. ^ a b "Fulwood Parish Church Home Tried Recipe Book", December 1935, no ISBN, pages 5-6. Gives history of Fulwood Church
  9. ^ "MossValley: Chap 6/Pt 1, Fifty Years of Sheffield Church Life 1866-1916, by Rev William Odom". 2001-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  10. ^ "Edmund "John" Howe Hewlett 1840". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  11. ^ Archbishop Thomson's Visitation Returns for the Diocese of York, 1865 - Church of England. Diocese of York. Archbishop (1862-1890 : Thomson) - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  12. ^ "2 Vicars". Archived from the original on 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  13. ^ "Christ Church Fulwood - Canterbury Avenue, Sheffield S10 3RT". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Christ Church Fulwood - Carols by Candlelight". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  16. ^ "Christmas 2016 Newsletter" (pdf). Bishop of Maidstone. December 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017.