St Luke, Barrow in Furness - Church of England
Barrow in Furness
The rapid growth of the town soon rendered more church accommodation necessary than could be given by the three then in existence, and the Dukes of Devonshire and Buccleuch, Sir James Ramsden, and other magnates of the district, realising the want, subscribed £24,000 towards the erection of four new churches. Of this sum the Duke of Devonshire furnished £12,000, the Duke of Buccleuch £6,000, and the remaining £6,000 by other gentlemen. Four brick structures, all after the same model, were erected, and all opened on the same day (September 26, 1878), when the Archbishop of York, and the Bishops of Carlisle, Hereford, and Seder and Man officiated. The buildings are only of a temporary character, and will be replaced by more fitting edifices when the fund left out of the £24,000 has accumulated to a sufficient amount. The churches are appropriately named after the four Evangelists. An event so unique as the consecration of four churches will mark September 26, 1878, as a red letter .lay in the history of Barrow. The records of past ages and the annals of older towns will be searched in vain for a similar occurrence.
St. Luke's Church in Salthouse Road is, externally, like the other three new churches, and does not present any ecclesiastical feature ; but the interior has been very appropriately decorated, and a stainedglass window bearing a full-length representation of the patron Saint in his evangelical character has also been added. Near the church is the parsonage, which is like the former, a modest brick building. The parish, lying on the outskirts of the town, is of considerable extent, covering 682 acres, and has a population of 9,339. The benefice is valued at £200, and is held by the Rev. E. A. Oak, B.A., Cantab.
from Mannex's directory of Furness and Cartmel, 1882.
Regular services ceased at St Luke's Church, Barrow, in 2008, when structural problems and maintenance bills effectively brought about the church's closure. A special final service was held outside the church on Saturday 18 February 2012, prior to the building's sale and demolition.
Original registersThe Cumbria Record Office, Barrow hold:
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- Marriages 1879-1985
- Banns 1906-1979
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