St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme

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St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme
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St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme, from the south
St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme is located in the City of Lancaster district
St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme
St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 53°58′26″N 2°44′16″W / 53.9739°N 2.7377°W / 53.9739; -2.7377
OS grid reference SD 517,534
Location Dolphinholme, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Mark, Dolphinholme
Dedication Saint Mark
Consecrated 25 January 1899
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 2 May 1968
Architect(s) Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1897
Completed 1899
Construction cost £3,000
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish St Mark, Dolphinholme
Deanery Lancaster and Morecambe
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Cindy J. Rigney
Reader(s) Anne Brigg
Churchwarden(s) Catherine Helm
Ruth Chapman
Parish administrator Ms D. Entwistle

St Mark's Church is in the village of Dolphinholme, 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 united with those of Christ Church, Over Wyresdale, and St Peter, Quernmore.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


St Mark's was built between 1897 and 1898 to a design by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley.[3][4] The church was built to replace an older church erected some 60 years earlier for the use of local mill workers.[1] The new church cost £3,300 (equivalent to £340,000 in 2015),[5] and provided seating for 497 people. It was consecrated on 25 January 1899.[4]


The church is constructed in sandstone rubble, with a green slate roof. Its plan consists of a three-bay nave, a north aisle, a north porch, and a chancel. At the crossing is a tower, with a north transept, and a lean-to extension to the south. At the southwest corner of the tower is a stair turret. There are buttresses on the east and west sides of the tower, and a three-light window on the south side. At the summit is a plain parapet, and a pyramidal roof with a weathervane. Along the wall of the aisle are four two-light windows. The porch contains a pointed doorway under a gable with a cross finial. The north and south sides of the chancel each contain a two-light window. The east window has five lights. Along the south wall of the nave are three windows, two with three lights, the other with two lights. To the west of these is a doorway with a pointed head.[2]

Inside the church is a three-bay arcade carried on octagonal piers. The chancel contains a piscina with a trefoil head.[2] The font has a cover dated 1910. The stained glass dates from the 20th century, and depicts Saint Mark and Saint Peter.[3] The two-manual organ was built in 1927 by R. G. Phillips of Preston.[6]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war graves of a soldier and an airman of World War II.[7]

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  1. ^ a b St Mark, Dolphinholme, Church of England, retrieved 12 January 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Mark, Dolphinholme (1317860)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 January 2012 
  3. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 276, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  4. ^ a b Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, pp. 139–140, 242, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  5. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  6. ^ Lancashire, Dolphinholme, St. Mark (D00898), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 12 January 2012 
  7. ^ DOLPHINHOLME (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 13 February 2013