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Christ Church Coatham

Christ Church, Coatham. was built in 1854 and was known as the “Church-in-the­ fields”. It was said at that time to be the most beautiful church in Cleveland.

This lovely picture postcard Kindly contributed by Ian Hall is postmarked 1907

A Century and a Half 2004

Christ Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

When the church celebrated 125 years
Alfred Baldwin wrote an excellent book named
Commemorating A Century And a Quarter Of Worship
At Christ Church Coatham.

We are now being invited to contribute any pictures or stories about church life at Coatham which would be gratefully received.

Please send your contributions to this site where they will be made available for inclusion in a display which will be a part of the celebrations to commemorate A Century And A Half
for the 150th Anniversary of the church,This is an ideal opportunity to be a part of this lovely historic occasion.

Thank you Sheila Barker


A picture postcard dated 1908
courtesy of Ian Hall


Ten years later
Postmarked 1918
Picture postcard
and information
from Ian Hall

Roll of Honour

I collect and research military medals and obtained some details of Great War casualties from a Memorial Plaque on the wall inside the church Regards Ian Hall

The Roll of Honour can be seen on the topic Serving the Nation .

Baptism 1908

Joseph William Close was born at Warrenby,
Baptised April 10th 1908 at Christ Church Coatham.
by Rev. W.R. Rayson (vicar)

contributes by Linda Close


The Church photographed from Kirkleatham street
Courtesy of Ian & Glenda Hall



Rev. John Postlethwaite. 1854 — 1863
He founded the Convalescent Home in 1860.
Rev. R.L. Page. 1863-1870
He left to join the Community at Cowley, Oxford.
Rev. A.E. Clementi-Smith. 1870 - 1873
He married Evyieen Newcomen and died February 20th,
Rev. L.B. Towne. 1873 - 1880
He started the Parish Magazine and died on February 4th,
Rev. C.A. Daniels. 1881 - 1887
During his ministry St. Andrew's, Warrenby was built and he
died May 19th 1911.
Rev. J.P. Fallowes. 1888 - 1892
He left to become First Warden of a new theological College
in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Rev.W.R.Rayson. 1893-1911
The second longest serving incumbent at Coatham.
Rev. H.B. BentleySmith 1911 - 1915
He was responsible for building the Parish Hall,
Rev. T.H.Baxter. 1915-1926
He died at Coatham and is buried in the Churchyard.
Rev. P. Hedley. 1926 - 1933
He left to become Vicar and Rural Dean of Heirnsley.
Rev. R. Newsam. 1933 —1943
He served on Redcar Town Council and left to become Rec-
tor of Beef ord.
Rev. F. Cosgrove. 1943 — 1951
Church House was bought during his Ministry and he left to
become Vicar of Sleights.
Rev. A. Wordsworth. 1952 - 1972
He was responsible for the restoration of the church after the
fire in 1966 and retired to live at Kirkleatham.
Rev. C. Hawthorn. 1972 -
He was induced by the Bishop of Whitby.


A Brief History

programme of events

Parish Boundaries

Information from a pamphlet titled

Christ Church serves Coatham for 150 years


A fire at Christ church Coatham

Photograph courtesy of R.Easby.