The church of St Michael is off the main street. It is set in quite extensive grounds with an attached graveyard as well as an extended graveyard. Kirkham War memorial is quite close by. There are some very interesting plaques, memorials and dedications within the church. These will be mentioned towards the bottom of the page.
The Birley memorial is here.
|The church seen from the Birley monument. |
the church entrance is behind the tree (oops!)
|The nave. The 2 memorials can be seen.|
The WW1 is to left of the pulpit. The WW2
is to the right behind the lectern.
|The Altar, pulpit and choir|
|From beneath the pulpit|
|Looking towards the altar|
|Looking towards the back of the church.|
GREATER GLORY OF GOD
AND SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH CHURCH WHO RESPONDED
TO THE CALL OF DUTY AND FELL FIGHTING
FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE NOBLE
|The list of the fallen is below|
|THE VICARS OF KIRKHAM|
|ITS THAT PESKY POLISHED BRASS AGAIN!|
|IN MEMORY OF THOMAS CLIFTON|
ESQ(SON TO SIR THOMAS CLIFTON OF LYTHAM Knt AND Barr and Bridget
Hussey HIS SECOND WIFE DAUGHTER OF S' Edward
Hussey OF HUNNINGTON IN THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN
of like quality) who parted this life November
12th 1688 aged 20 years and he's buried near this place
A virgin Masculine
Whom Sacred love did much refine
in foreion school assiduous to advance
And free his soul from faulty ignorance
To Parents obedient , kind and moderate
All other virtues he did celebrate
Early imbracing our dear Saviours Yoke:
Death he defeated in its sharpest stroke
Reader mayest thou like him be most Sincere
Watchfull to stear thy course by holy Fear
which will conduct thee to that happy Rest
Glorious Immortal and forever blest
This is small section of the Geneaology from: Roots web
The red text applies to the plaque
Thomas Clifton, Esquire
b. ca 1606, Westby, Lancashire, England
d. 15 Dec 1657
m. ca 1624, Anne Halsall, daughter of Sir Cuthbert Halsall, of Halsall, Lancashire.
Thomas and Anne had 13 children, five of their daughters were nuns.
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1625. m. 1641 Margaret Iroland of Southworth, Lancashire. Daughter of George Iroland.
Thomas Clifton (Sir Knight), b. 7 Jul 1628, Clifton, Lancashire. m. (1) Bridget Hussey, b. ca 1643 of Hunnington, Lincolnshire, England. They married ca 1666, she died after 1710. She was the daughter of Sir Edward Hussey and Elizabeth Huton. children: Thomas Clifton, b. 1668 Bridget Clifton, b. 1670, m. Francis Andrews (Sir Knight) Sir Thomas next married Bridget Heneage, b. 3 Sep 1630 in Hainton, Lincolnshire, England to Sir George Heneage. bur. 11 Dec 1662 in Kirkham, Lancashire, England. Sir Thomas died 13 Nov 1694 in Kirkham. children: Mary Clifton, b. 1637 or 1654 at Lytham, Lancashire, m. ca 1666 and died 4 Feb 1729 in Ghent.
John Clifton, b. 1630 , Westby, Lancashire, England, m. ______ Blackburn, b. ca 1634 at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. They had a son: Thomas Clifton, Esquire, b. 1656, Westby, Lancashire. He married Eleanora Alathea Walmsley in Clifton, Lancashire in 1694, She was born ca 1660 in Dunkenhalgh, Lancashire, the daughter of Richard Walmsley, Esq. and Mary Fromond. They had the following children: Thomas Clifton, Esq. b. 30 Aug 1696. m. Mary Molyneux, b. ca 1708. children: Thomas Clifton, Esq., b. 9 Jan 1728 Mary Clifton, b. ca 1730 Clifton, Lancashire Isabel Clifton, b. ca 1732, Clifton, Lancashire Juliana Clifton, b. ca 1733, Clifton, Lancashire Eleanora Clifton, b. ca 1734, Clifton, Lancashire Mary Clifton, b. 13 Nov 1697, Clifton, Lancashire. She m. George Mostyn (Sir Knight), b. ca 1697 Isabel Clifton, b. 27 May 1699, Clifton, Lancashire. Ann Clifton, b. 4 Jun 1701, Clifton, Lancashire. Elizabeth Clifton, b. 7 Sep 1703, Clifton, Lancashire. She married William Gerard (Baronet) Cuthbert Clifton, b. 3 Jan 1706, Clifton, Lancashire. Julia Clifton, b. 4 Oct 1707, Clifton, Lancashire.
William Clifton, b. 1632, Westby, Lancashire. d. 26 Nov 1695
Richard Clifton, b. 1634, Westby, Lancashire.
James Clifton, b. 1636, Westby, Lancashire.
Anne Clifton, b. 1638, Westby, Lancashire.
Elizabeth Clifton, b. ca 1640, Westby, Lancashire.
Dorothy Clifton, b. 1642, Westby, Lancashire.
Alice Clifton, b. 1644, Westby, Lancashire. m. Alexander Rigby, Esq.
Bridget Clifton, b. 1646, Westby, Lancashire. m. Thomas Westby, Esq.
Frances Clifton, b. 1648, Westby, Lancashire.
Margaret Clifton, b. 1650, Westby, Lancashire.
Ann Clifton, b. 1652, Westby, Lancashire.
|Church Memorial house - from an old post card|
WAS ENTIRELY REBUILT
BY THE AID OF A PARISH RATE
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1822
JAMES WEBBER, VICAR
From the front entrance leading to Church lane and then to Kirkham centre.