Christ Church, Glasson

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Christ Church, Glasson
Christ Church, Glasson, from the southeast
Christ Church, Glasson is located in the City of Lancaster district
Christ Church, Glasson
Christ Church, Glasson
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 53°59′47″N 2°50′34″W / 53.9965°N 2.8427°W / 53.9965; -2.8427
OS grid reference SD 448,559
Location Glasson, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Christ Church, Glasson
Consecrated 29 June 1840
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 2 May 1968
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe
Henry Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1839
Completed 1932
Parish Christ Church, Glasson
Deanery Lancaster
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev M. B. Roberts
Churchwarden(s) Mrs E. Makinson
Mr D. J. Stockdale
Parish administrator Mrs M. Stockdale

Christ Church is in the village of Glasson, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is combined with those of St Michael, Cockerham, and St Luke, Winmarleigh.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


Christ Church was built in 1839–40 and designed by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe.[3][4] It was consecrated on 29 June 1840 by the Bishop of Chester. The original chancel was "short" and "stubby", and had a triple stepped lancet east window.[5] The present chancel and the vestry were added in 1931–32, and were designed by Sharpe's successor Henry Paley of Austin and Paley.[6] The space under the west gallery was enclosed in 1988 to form a separate room.[7]


The church is constructed in sandstone rubble with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a nave with a chancel at a lower level. The walls of the nave are divided by buttresses into four bays; the westernmost bays have a single lancet window, while the other three bays contain triple stepped lancets. The chancel is divided into two bays with two-light windows. The east window is a triple stepped lancet. The west end contains an arched doorway flanked by lancet windows and with another lancet above, angle buttresses; on the gable is a bellcote. Inside the church is a west gallery.[2] The east window contains stained glass dating from 1979 by Joseph Fisher of Shrigley and Hunt. The stained glass elsewhere dates from the 19th century; some of this may also be by designers from Shrigley and Hunt.[7]

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The churchyard contains the war graves of two soldiers of World War I, and a soldier of World War II.[8]

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  • Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  • Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  • Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes  Although this is self-published, it is a scholarly work and fully referenced throughout. (As of 2011 it is available only as a CD.)