LATHOM PARK CHAPEL

ST JOHN THE DIVINE

BRIEF HISTORY

 

In April 1500 a Chantry was founded in Lathom Park by Thomas Stanley, the first Earl of Derby.

 

A Chantry was a place where Masses were recited at an altar for the wellbeing of the founder during his lifetime and for his soul after his death. Where a Chantry formed a separate Chapel, as at Lathom, there were often Almshouses or a hospital attached. In this was housed and cared for a number of poor men or bedesmen to whom the Chantry Priest was Chaplain. The bedesmen’s duties were to attend church daily to pray for the soul of their benefactor.

 

Its history up to 1924 was much involved with the families of the Stanleys (Earls of Derby) and later the Bootle Wilbrahams (Earls of Lathom and Lord Skelmersdale).

Since 1924 it has been attached to the parish of Ormskirk.       

The chapel has lovely windows and carvings The screen came from the dissolution of Burscough Priory under Henry V111 and is scarred with what are said to be bullet holes made by Roundhead muskets during the English Civil War(1642 – 1646)

 

The Chapel is set in pretty and well tended gardens. Outside it also has a burial vault within railings.

Note also “The Cromwell stone” on the right of the driveway

A COPY OF OUR HISTORY, 500TH ANNIVERSARY, LATHOM HALL, ETC. CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE BACK OF THE CHAPEL              

A warm welcome awaits                          

you at our beautiful Chapel,                        

set in the lovely countryside                        

near to the remains of                                       

Lathom Hall, once the                                 

residence of the Earls of                            

Lathom