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Fairhaven United Reformed Church, Lytham St Anne, Lancashire, UK

June 28, 2015

white church lytham

Fairhaven United Reformed Church (aka The White Church) was built as a Congregational church at one of the seaside communities along the Lancashire coast. Proposed in 1899, the new church was opened in 1912. The architects were Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornley of Blackburn, whose design was chosen over three other competitors.

As a “dissenting” church—i.e., non-Anglican congregation—there was little precedent for BW&T, so they chose a Byzantine-inspired design for a gore corner at a prominent intersection; indeed the C of E parish is across the street (to the right in this postcard view). Since religious education was underwritten by the government on behalf of the established church, the Akron system for Sunday School seems to have been unknown in the U.K. The sanctuary here, however, is of an auditorium sort. I include it here as an exceptionally rare (as far as I can tell) example of at least part of the A-A phenomenon in the United States.

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