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Cronton – Holy Family

Hall Lane, Cronton, Widnes WA8

Holy Family is a modest village church built by a private benefactor in the early 20th  century. It remains largely unaltered, and retains some internal features of interest.

The church was built at the expense of Frederick Annesley and Isabella Stapleton- Bretherton of Rainhill House (now Loyola Hall), Rainhill Stoops, and completed in 1910. The presbytery is contemporary with the church.

The architect is said to be Fogarty, but this has not been verified. It is a small church built of coursed rock-faced red sandstone with a simple southwest tower and lancet windows. The presbytery is attached to the east end, and has had some of its windows enlarged by the removal of stone mullions.

The internal space is a simple box, with a west choir gallery and a roof supported on scissor  trusses.  It  is  well  preserved.  A  sensitive  reordering  in  the  1970s  or  80s involved bringing the altar forward, but retained the altar rails and reredos with plaster panels depicting scenes in the life of the Holy Family. The original pulpit, pews and baptistery all remain in use. Two stained glass windows by Mayer and Co. of Munich, dated 1901/02, north east, commemorate the son (a soldier) and the daughter (a nun) of the founders. A Jubilee window of 1960, south west is by Hardmans. A large number of other windows are filled with glass of mediocre design by Coleman and Cropper of Leigh, Lancashire, dated 1986.

Heritage Details

Architect: Said to be by Fogarty in the Archdiocese Directory

Original Date: 1910

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed