St Chad

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Brief history of the Church

The Domesday survey of 1086 records three churches in Amounderness. One of them may have been Poulton but we cannot be sure. What we do know is that by 1293 a church had existed since the time of Count Roger of Poitou, who had been given Amounderness by King William after the conquest. In 1590 the churches of the area were described as ruinous, and the building of the new church began in the early C17. 


A description by William Thornber in his The History of Blackpool and Its Neighbouhood (1837) suggests the old church had stood for "seven centuries", was of red sandstone, was double-roofed, and had semi-circular nave arches and windows. Interestingly, late C20 renovation work has revealed red sandstone under the ashlar blocks, and what may be a medieval roofline under the plaster of the west wall.


The west tower, a plain structure with angle buttresses, battlements, small corner pinnacles, and round-headed bell-openings is the oldest visible part of the church. It probably dates from the time of Charles 1, and some have suggested that a stone in the church, carved with the date 1636, actually commemorates its construction. This tower predates the nave, and was judged sufficiently acceptable to be left standing when the main part of the church was rebuilt in 1751.


The south doorway sets the Georgian theme for the main body of the church. It has Tuscan columns, a frieze with triglyphs, metopes, guttae and mutules, and is surmounted by a triangular pediment. What at first glance appears to be a matching priests door to the east was in fact the entrance to the Fleetwood family vault. It is dated 1699, so, like the tower, it was kept when the rebuilding took place. It has no columns, but carries a broken-bed pediment on consoles, has a shouldered architrave, and an inscription in place of the frieze.


The windows of the nave are large, semi-circular headed, with curved Y tracery. Pevsner suggests the tracery is a later addition - the colour of the stone and the sharpness of the moulding do suggest this. However, the whole arrangement is not too dissimilar to that at Woodplumpton, and there the tracery appears to be contemporaneous. Whatever the date, they make for a very light interior. 


The addition of the apse in 1868 necessitated considerable internal re-arrangement which was carried out in 1883. Gallery stairs at the east were removed leaving entry by the beautiful Georgian staircase in the north-west corner. Internally the extension provided a chancel arch, and consequently greater focus on the high altar. In so doing it transforms the original Georgian conception of a rectangular decked hall, and reintroduces the qualities sought by Victorian Anglicans.

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Galleries and fittings

The pulpit of c.1636 has been re-assembled and restored. It has an inscription from the Book of Isaiah. Also of this date is the door into the choir vestry which originally formed part of the Rigby family pew. Other significant furnishings include a brass chandelier of 1710.



Dove's reference for the bells

Poulton le Fylde, Lancs, S Chad (GF), 8, 9cwt in Bflat. Fri 


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Information and pictures reused from Tony Boughen's site about Lancashire Churches at     

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