Family Churches and Cemeteries
St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lytham
This is the Parish Church where I was confirmed, and where for a number of years I was a member of the Church Choir (along with my older cousin, Billie Mercer). The then choir-master was a Mr. Porter, and the vicar was Canon Shields.
My mother’s family were all buried in the church graveyard
There was a church in Lytham in 1199 when Richard Fitz Roger, who is supposed to have belonged to the Banastre family, gave all his lands in Lethum, with the church of the same village, and all things belonging to the church, to God, and the monks of Durham, that they might establish a Benedictine cell there to the honour of St Mary and St Cuthbert. It is thought that the site of the Benedictine cell, is the site now occupied by Lytham hall.
The grandfather of Richard Fitz Roger pulled down the original church which was made of shingle, and replaced it with another of stone dedicated to St Cuthbert. This building lasted until 1770 when it was replaced by a low building, constructed of cobble stones, the walls being more than a yard thick and penetrated by five windows, one of which was at the east end. Sixty four years from the date of its erection, this church was also pulled down, having been unable to accommodate the increasing influx of visitors during the summer. The foundation stone of the current church was laid by Thomas Clifton on the 20 March 1834.
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Clarborough
The Parish Church of St John the Baptist is of 13th century date, restored in 1874.
|Sally’s photo from 2007||For comparison, here is an older view|
Canwick Road, Old Cemetery, Lincoln
Sally took the following picures on June 24 2008. They relate to John Fletcher (1847-1894) and his family. George White was John’s step-father, having married Ann Fletcher (née Cobb) in 1875.