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Church designed on an upturned boat becomes Grade II listed

by Marcus Jones
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A Lancashire church designed to reflect the areas maritime connections is one of 227 historic places that have been added to the National Heritage List for England in 2023.

The Church of St Nicholas in Fleetwood was built between 1960 and 1962 having been designed by Lawrence King, one of the leading ecclesiastical architects of the post-war period.

It was made to look like an upturned boat with windows representing sails.

It was named after St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: "A range of remarkable historic buildings and sites are added to the list each year and 2023 is no exception.

"We've examined and protected some amazing sites this year, which together give us a window into our rich and varied historic environment. The festive period is a great time to find out more about the historic places all around us.

"I encourage everyone to explore the heritage on our doorsteps and to add what they discover to our Missing Pieces Project for everyone to see and enjoy."

Today St Nicholas is an active Anglican Church in the Diocese of Blackburn.

It's mission statement is: "To be a church that lives by faith, is known by love, and is a voice of hope to the community we serve."

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