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LOWER TRANMERE: St. Luke (Church of England)

Old Chester Road.

Church History

Built in 1883 as the district church for part of the township of Tranmere (previously served by Tranmere: St. Catherine and Tranmere: St. Paul). The boundaries of "The Consolidated Chapelry of Saint Luke, Lower Tranmere" were described in the London Gazette on 6 March 1883:

"All that portion of the new parish of Saint Catherine, Tranmere, in the county of Chester, and in the diocese of Chester, and also all those two portions of the new parish of Saint  Paul, Tranmere, in the same county and diocese which said portions of such new parishes are contiguous and are comprised within and are bounded by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the new parish of Saint Paul, Birkenhead, in the said county and diocese from the new parish of Saint Catherine, Tranmere, aforesaid at a point in the middle of the north-western end of the road called or known as Holt Hill-terrace and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the said road for a distance of seven chains or thereabouts to its junction with the road called or known as Holt Hill and extending thence eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of nine chains or thereabouts to its junction with Frodsham-street and extending thence south-westward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of three and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with the road called or known as Olive Mount and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the last-named road to a point at the southern end of the same road upon the wall or fence forming the northern boundary of the garden attached to the house called or known as the Willows, Fairview, and extending thence eastward along the said wall or fence for a distance of twenty links or thereabouts to its junction with the wall or fence which divides the said garden from the garden attached to the house called or known as Hillside Cottage and extending thence southward along the last-described wall or fence for a distance of sixty links or thereabouts to its southern end at the western extremity of the passage or footway which leads from the said house called or known as the Willows Fairview past the southern side of the said garden attached to Hillside Cottage as aforesaid into Hillside-road and extending thence that is from the southern end of the last-described wall or fence first southward to and then eastward along the middle of the said passage or footway for a distance of two and a quarter chains or thereabouts to its junction with Hillside-road aforesaid and extending thence south-westward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of one and a half chains or thereabouts to the point at or near to the northeastern angle of the enclosure wherein stands the building known as Saint Catherine's Schools where the same road is joined by the footway or passage which lends along the south-eastern and southern fides of the said school enclosure towards Seymour-street and extending thence first southwestward and then westward along the middle of the said footway or passage for a distance of five five and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with the roadway leading to the eastern end of Thompson-street and extending thence south-eastward and in a direct line for a distance of four chains or thereabouts to a point in the middle of Holt-road opposite to the middle of the entrance to the Volunteer Drill Hall and extending thence south-westward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of six chains or thereabouts to its junction with Hampden-street and with Seymour-street aforesaid and extending thence southward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of three chains or thereabouts to its junction with Allerton-road and with Sidney-road at the gates forming the northern entrance to the Tranmere Recreation Ground and extending thence in a direction due south and in a straight line across the said recreation ground for a distance of fourteen chains or thereabouts to a point in the middle of Downham-road and extending thence first eastward then north-eastward and then again eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of eighteen and a half chains or thereabouts thereby crossing and recrossing the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint Catherine, Tranmere, from the new parish of Saint Paul, Tranmere, aforesaid to the junction of the said Downham-road with the Old Chester-road and extending thence northward along the last-mentioned boundary for a distance of one chain or thereabouts thereby following the middle of the Old Chester-road aforesaid to the point where it joins Union-street and extending thence north-eastward along the middle of the lastnamed street for a distance of thirteen chains or thereabouts thereby following in part the said last-mentioned boundary to the junction of the same street with the New Chester-road and continuing thence still north-eastward along the same boundary for a distance of seventy chains or thereabouts to its junction in'the middle of the River Mersey with the eastern boundary of the new parish of Saint Catherine Tranmere aforesaid and extending thence northward along the last-mentioned boundary for a distance of thirty-two chains or thereabouts thereby following the middle of the said river to the point where the same boundary is joined by the boundary dividing the said new parish of Saint Catherine Tranmere from the parochial chapelry of Saint Mary, Birkenhead, in the county and diocese aforesaid and extending thence generally south-westward along the lastmentioned boundary for a distance of sixty chains or thereabouts to its junction in the middle of the line of the goods branch of the Birkenhead and Chester Railway with the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint Catherine, Tranmere, from the new parish of Saint Paul Birkenhead aforesaid and continuing thence still generally south-westward along the last-mentioned boundary for a distance of twenty-six and a-half chains or thereabouts to the first-described point in the middle of the north-western end of the road called or known as Holt Hill-terrace as aforesaid at which point the said imaginary line commenced."

On 30 April 1971 the district was abolished, and its area was transferred to Tranmere: St. Paul. St. Luke's church closed on 7 May 1971, and was subsequently demolished.

Church Records

C = Christenings (Baptisms) ; M = Marriages ; B = Burials ; BTs = Bishop's Transcripts

Original Registers C 18831971 ; M 18841970 Cheshire Record Office (P 94)
Microfilm Copies C 18831971 ; M 18841952 Cheshire Record Office
Bishop's Transcripts 18831901 Cheshire Record Office
Copies and Indexes M 18841937 Cheshire BMD (WR:BK13)
Notes B none

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