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.
Architect: Said to be by Fogarty in the Archdiocese Directory
Original Date: 1910
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed