Christ Church, Over Wyresdale

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Christ Church, Over Wyresdale
Over Wyresdale Church.jpg
Christ Church, Over Wyresdale, from the southeast
Christ Church, Over Wyresdale is located in the City of Lancaster district
Christ Church, Over Wyresdale
Christ Church, Over Wyresdale
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 53°59′02″N 2°41′10″W / 53.9839°N 2.6860°W / 53.9839; -2.6860
OS grid reference SD 551 544
Location Abbeystead, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Christ Church,
Over Wyresdale
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 2 May 1968
Architect(s) John Douglas (restoration)
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Groundbreaking 1733
Completed 1894
Materials Sandstone rubble, slate roofs
Parish Over Wyresdale
Deanery Lancaster and Morecambe
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Cindy Rigney

Christ Church, Over Wyresdale, stands in an isolated position to the west of the village of Abbeystead, Lancashire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Blackburn, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the deanery of Lancaster. Its benefice is combined with those of St Mark, Dolphinholme, and St Peter, Quernmore.[2]

The church dates from 1733, replacing a chapel dating back to the 15th century, and it was restored in 1894 by the Chester architect John Douglas who added a spire to the tower, buttresses for the tower, a new south porch, a new vestry, and also built a new sanctuary.[3] It is built in sandstone rubble with slate roofs and consists of a west tower, a nave with a chancel, a south porch, and a north vestry.[1] The pulpit is dated 1684.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Christ Church, Over Wyresdale (1071626)", National Heritage List for England (NHLE), retrieved 8 July 2013 
  2. ^ Christ Church, Over Wyresdale, Church of England, retrieved 1 June 2011 
  3. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (2002) [1969], North Lancashire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 186, ISBN 0-300-09617-8 

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