Thursday, November 5

1860: The altar of St Charles Borromeo

The Cathedral's altar of St Charles Borromeo was consecrated in 1860 by Dr Goss, the Bishop of Liverpool; the exact date of consecration is not known. Canon Billington records that the altar was "the gift of the Misses Coulston of Dalton Square, eminent benefactors of the Catholics of Lancaster and district and of the poor in general." He also notes that St Charles was the patron of the local deanery, and that "Fr. Brown, who had great devotion to St. Charles... determined that it should be dedicated to him, and carried his point." The image here is the result of work from the 1909 celebrations: "In memory of Miss [Margaret] Coulston, this chapel was decorated during the jubilee by Alderman [Robert] Preston. Mr. G. G. Scott directed the work." You can see more of this altar and reredos on the main Lancaster Cathedral blog: click here.