Building Name

Church of St Cuthbert Southport: Chancel

Merseyside, England
Alterations and Extensions

ST. CUTHBERT’S, SOUTHPORT—The foundation-stone of the new chancel of the parish church of St. Cuthbert, Southport, was laid by Mrs Fleetwood Hesketh yesterday. The old church, built over 150 years ago, consisted of a bare hall with north and west galleries. The organ stood in the centre of the east wall, the pulpit in the centre of the south wall, and there was a small chancel in one corner. The floor sloped up from south to north, and most of the seats faced the pulpit. In the work of re-construction, the floor will be levelled, and the seating re-arranged, with central and side passages. The galleries will be removed, and the bare hall will be broken up by oak pillars, and arches constructed so as to strengthen the weakness of the old building. The old round- headed windows will be filled in with stone mullions and tracery of Jacobean character, and canopied seats and baptistery at the west end will take off the bareness of the old west wall. The detail of the new chancel will be as far as possible consistent with the “Classic’’ style of the old church, with arcades of square piers and round-headed arches. The architect is M. Isaac Taylor, FRIBA, of Manchester. [Church Times 23 October 1908 page 526]

Reference           Church Times 23 October 1908 page 526