The Diocese of Lancaster was founded on 22 November 1924. It consists of the historic counties of Lancashire (north of the Ribble), Cumberland and Westmorland. It is a suffragan diocese in Province of Liverpool, and is subject to the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The cathedral is in Lancaster, and is dedicated to St Peter. 121 churches were visited for Taking Stock (2005).

Warton – Holy Family

Of some interest as a dual-purpose building erected under the patronage of two prolific clerical builders, but not of... Read More

Warwick Bridge – Our Lady and St Wilfrid

A small but highly significant sandstone church by A. W. N. Pugin, leading architect and apologist for the Gothic... Read More

Wesham – St Joseph

A large and economical red brick Gothic Revival church of the 1880s, built for cotton mill workers. The presbytery is... Read More

Westby – St Anne

E. W. Pugin in ‘Roguish’ mode; an eclectic Gothic church and presbytery in the traditional Catholic stronghold of... Read More

Whitehaven – St Begh

A good example of E. W. Pugin’s work, built by the Benedictines, who made Whitehaven the centre of their West... Read More

Whitehaven – St Benedict

An interesting modern design of the 1970s. The church was built in 1975 on a new site to serve a modern suburb of... Read More

Whitehaven – St Gregory and St Patrick

A late nineteenth century dual-purpose school and chapel, built by the Benedictines to serve an area of poor housing,... Read More

Whitehaven – St Mary

A late example of ‘modern Gothic’, showing the stylistic influence of F. X. Velarde. The church was built in 1960... Read More

Wigton – St Cuthbert

One of the oldest Catholic churches still in use in Cumbria. Described by Pevsner as ‘a remarkably substantial... Read More

Windermere – Our Lady of Windermere and St Herbert

A late church by Sandy & Norris, unusually planned with two naves to cater for seasonally fluctuating... Read More

Workington – Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael

A good and complete church by E. W. Pugin, part of the Benedictine mission to West Cumberland. Founded from Whitehaven... Read More

Workington – St Gregory

A plain post-Vatican II design, built to serve a post-war housing estate.  The parish was erected in 1964 to... Read More

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