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St Luke's Church Ironbridge

The building of the bridge in 1779 resulted in the growth of a settled population in its immediate area. The district, at the time, formed part of the parish of Madeley.

The nearest churches were at Broseley and Madeley and, following the spiritual revival brought about by the teaching of Whitfield, Wesley and Fletcher, a few earnest and influential residents thought that a church should be built in Iron Bridge. On 26th December 1834 a small meeting of parishioners was held in the Savings Bank. Estimates had been invited for building the proposed church, which was designed by Thomas Smith of Madeley. The lowest of these was accepted - that of Samuel Smith and Son of Madeley Wood.

A committee was formed in 1835 to organise funds by subscription, and the final cost of the building alone was £2,942 16s 1d. The total cost was £3,232 1s 11d, including £50 for the site. We are told that 321,000 bricks were used in the construction. (Bricks were then priced at 8s 0d per thousand.)

The church was completed by the middle of 1837 but, owing to the death of the then Bishop of Hereford, it was not consecrated until 26th October 1837, although permission had been given for services to be held prior to the consecration.

St Luke's Church Ironbridge

The building of the bridge in 1779 resulted in the growth of a settled population in its immediate area. The district, at the time, formed part of the parish of Madeley.

The nearest churches were at Broseley and Madeley and, following the spiritual revival brought about by the teaching of Whitfield, Wesley and Fletcher, a few earnest and influential residents thought that a church should be built in Iron Bridge. On 26th December 1834 a small meeting of parishioners was held in the Savings Bank. Estimates had been invited for building the proposed church, which was designed by Thomas Smith of Madeley. The lowest of these was accepted - that of Samuel Smith and Son of Madeley Wood.

A committee was formed in 1835 to organise funds by subscription, and the final cost of the building alone was £2,942 16s 1d. The total cost was £3,232 1s 11d, including £50 for the site. We are told that 321,000 bricks were used in the construction. (Bricks were then priced at 8s 0d per thousand.)

The church was completed by the middle of 1837 but, owing to the death of the then Bishop of Hereford, it was not consecrated until 26th October 1837, although permission had been given for services to be held prior to the consecration.

comments (10)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Mar 2019, 06:50
I enjoyed my one and only visit to Ironbridge after the Shutterchance meet-up just round the corner. I aught to go back to that place really but it's a long way from Bath..
Bill Phillips: Perhaps we could go on your next visit to Droiters after a bullocks breakfast?
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 10 Mar 2019, 07:34
I vaguely thought of Iron bridge before I saw your title....Very interesting area ... full of industrial archeology . I think we were there about 20 plus years ago.
Bill Phillips: There is much to see in the area comrade
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Mar 2019, 09:31
a fine view on the church and the town around - I recall to have seen images of this (former) industrial centre.
Bill Phillips: Indeed you will have Philine. It is a lovely place and very interesting
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Mar 2019, 09:47
Its a fine setting for the church with a commanding view across the river. I've not seen the bridge since it was repainted in what I believe to be its original colour?
Bill Phillips: Yes this is the original colour. A snap of the full bridge is lined up for tomorrow
So the bridge is open again? I believe it was closed for repairs for a while.
Bill Phillips: For pedestrians it has been open for a while Tom.
We went to Ironbridge the day after the SC meet-up, sadly it was chucking it down so it turned out to be quite a short visit. We did find somewhere else to stop on the way home for lunch at least.
Bill Phillips: Worth another visit if you get the chance Brian
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2019, 16:59
I have not yet been to Ironbridge since the bridge has been unwrapped. There really is not excuse for me with being so close.
Bill Phillips: I have posted a picture of it for tomorrow. It does look rather splendid
i remember our trip to Iron Bridge Bill... it was a wonderful day... thanks for bring Penny to it....petersmile
Bill Phillips: I remember it well too Peter. I have posted a picture of the bridge tomorrow
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 11 Mar 2019, 19:19
towns built on hillsides are always so beautiful and puzzling at the same time for me. i always wonder how the builders managed.
Bill Phillips: It must be. challenge
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Mar 2019, 02:15
Looks better from below, Bill!
Bill Phillips: The Bridge looks nothing from on top does it?

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