Holy Trinity Church, Morecambe

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Morecambe Parish Church
Holy Trinity Church, Morecambe
Holy Trinity Church, Morecambe.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Morecambe, from the south
Morecambe Parish Church is located in Morecambe
Morecambe Parish Church
Morecambe Parish Church
Location in Morecambe
Coordinates: 54°04′29″N 2°51′27″W / 54.0746°N 2.8575°W / 54.0746; -2.8575
OS grid reference SD 440,646
Location Church Street,
Morecambe, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Morecambe Parish Church
Founded March 1840
Dedication Holy Trinity
Consecrated 1841
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe
Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1840
Completed 1897
Construction cost £1288
Materials Sandstone, green slate roof
Parish Poulton-le-Sands,
Holy Trinity, with Morecambe, St. Laurence
Deanery Lancaster
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Rector Rev Mike Peatman
Assistant priest(s) Rev Anne Cunliffe
Reader(s) Sue Kiernan
Organist(s) Marilyn Prescott
Churchwarden(s) Susan Morrison
Paul Hope
Parish administrator Val Vose

Holy Trinity Church, Morecambe, or Morecambe Parish Church, is in Church Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, England. It is the Anglican parish church of Morecambe, in the deanery of Lancaster, the archdeaconry of Lancaster and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The original church was built as a chapel of ease of St Mary's, Lancaster in 1745 on land bequeathed for the purpose in the will of Francis Bowes, the village blacksmith, who died in 1742.[3] This was before the creation of the town of Morecambe from three former villages; this building was in Poulton-le-Sands. By the early 1800s the chapel was too small for the growing population.[4] It was rebuilt in 1840–41 to a design by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe.[5] The foundation stone was laid on 16 June 1840, and the new church was consecrated on 15 June 1841 by the Bishop of Chester.[4] The church cost £1,288 (equivalent to £110,000 in 2016) to build,[6] and Queen Victoria made a personal contribution to this.[3] As originally built, the church seated 498 people.[7] A south aisle was added in 1866 by Sharpe's successor, E. G. Paley.[8] In 1897 Austin and Paley, (further successors in the architectural practice), added a new chancel, an organ chamber, and vestries, and provided an additional 69 seats, at an estimated cost of £1,160.[9] A Lady chapel was created in the southeast of the church in 1966.[5] In 1995 the church was re-ordered to celebrate 250 years since the foundation of the church.[3]



The church is built in sandstone with a green slate roof. Its plan consists of a west tower, a nave with a south aisle and a north transept, and a chancel with its roof at a lower level. In the angle between the transept and the chancel is a vestry. The tower has three stages with corner buttresses. There is a west door with three lancet windows above it. On the west and south sides of the middle stage are clock faces. In the top stage are triple stepped lancet bell openings. The tower is surmounted by a parapet that rises to a triangular gable above each bell opening, and there are pinnacles at the corners. The north wall of the nave consists of six bays, separated by buttresses and containing lancet windows. The south wall has seven bays, also separated by buttresses; the windows have two lights, and over each window the parapet rises to a triangle. The east window has five lights.[2]


Internally there is a seven-bay arcade carried on octagonal timber columns, and a west gallery containing the coat of arms of Queen Victoria.[2] Stained glass in the chancel, and some of it elsewhere in the church, is by Shrigley and Hunt. Other glass is by Abbott and Company, and by the Loyne Ecclesiastical Studios. The Lady Chapel contains a Westmorland slate altar. In the vestry is a tablet from the original church commemorating Francis Bowes. In the south aisle is a memorial to the South African War dating from about 1904, composed of copper and brass repoussé work.[5] There is a ring of eight bells, all cast in 1939 by John Taylor & Co.[10]

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  1. ^ Morecambe Parish Church, Morecambe, Church of England, retrieved 15 June 2010 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Morecambe (1207210)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 January 2012 
  3. ^ a b c Pollard 1998.
  4. ^ a b Hughes 2010, pp. 166, 168–171..
  5. ^ a b c Hartwell & Pevsner 2009, pp. 456–457..
  6. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 212.
  8. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 222.
  9. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 242.
  10. ^ Morecambe, Holy Trinity, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 16 June 2010