On 27th August 1989, the then Bishop of Blackburn Alan Chesters laid a new Foundation stone and the new building of St. Christopher’s church quickly grew from the ground. During the next 20 years this new Parish Church was built and soon afterwards the new Parish Centre also completed, together the combined costs were in the region of £2 million.
Whilst a building is pleasing to the eye our thoughts must be drawn to what the ‘church’ really is. Of course, it is ‘The People’ and we have seen in recent years the closure of St. Nicholas’ church and the amalgamation of its people of God with the people of St. Christopher’s making the new Parish of St. Christopher & St. Nicholas.
The tradition of the church on this site has been very varied over the years but unlike some churches, we appear at present to have a level of re-generation whilst maintaining a tradition that is more of the ‘catholic’ persuasion.
Our Parish Priest is Fr. Martin Daniels and you will find this church OPEN most days of the week, especially in the mornings and on several evenings. YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME, come as a visitor or try it to see if you would like to stay with us.
What do we know about St. Christopher’s Church in Blackpool?
Records suggest that the first thoughts and mention of a St. Christopher’s were in 1941 and yet it took a further 6 years before a permit had been received to build ‘The Hut’ arrived. Still, all was not well as the permit to ‘receive the wooden Perlin’s for the roof had not arrived and the roof being a ‘rather important’ part of ‘The Hut’ they really were needed.
Remember that this was still relatively soon post wartime (1939-1945) and wood and other building materials were at a premium and permission was needed to use items that might be important for the war effort and the years to come.
In a document (150th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Church Booklet) in 1947, it is recorded that ‘St. Christopher’s present ‘temporary’ building (which lasted a further 40 or more years) was constructed as a dual purpose church and hall on its present site on Hawes Side Lane. For some years before (since about 1941) the work of the church was carried on at Harcourt Hall in Harcourt Road, immediately behind the existing Post Office (now sadly gone also) on St. Annes Road and before that in a room at The Corn Shop on Hawes Side Lane.
‘The Hut’ stayed in one guise or another until around 1989 and served its purpose very well.