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St John's Church, Great Harwood

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St John's Church
St John's Church, Great Harwood.jpg
St John's Church, Great Harwood, from the northeast
St John's Church is located in the Borough of Hyndburn
St John's Church
St John's Church
Location in Hyndburn
LocationSt Hubert's Road, Great Harwood, Lancashire
StatusFormer parish church
Consecrated1 October 1912
Architect(s)Austin and Paley
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
Groundbreaking27 May 1911
Closed1 March 2006

St John's Church was an Anglican parish church in St Hubert's Road, Great Harwood, Lancashire, England. Its benefice has been united with that of St Bartholomew, Great Harwood.[1]


St John's Church originated as a mission church in the Old Butts Chapel in 1881. In 1898 a new church was built, and in 1908 St John's became a separate parish. It was decided to build a new church, the foundation stone of which was laid on 27 May 1911.[2] It was designed by the architects Austin and Paley of Lancaster.[3] The new church was consecrated on 1 October 1912 by the Rt Revd Edmund Knox, bishop of Manchester. There had been plans to build a west tower but, when the funds were raised for this in the 1950s, it was discovered that the foundations were inadequate, and a new northwest porch was built instead. This was opened in 1961.[2] The church was declared redundant on 1 March 2006, and was demolished in 2009.[3][4][5] Its reredos was moved to St Margaret's Church, Oldham.[2]


The church was constructed in stone, its architectural style being late Perpendicular. The authors of the Buildings of England series describe it as having been "handsome and assured with well-grouped elements", and having a "good if sober interior".[6]

See also


  1. ^ St Bartholomew, Great Harwood, Church of England, retrieved 10 April 2012
  2. ^ a b c St John's Church, St Bartholomew, Great Harwood, retrieved 10 April 2012
  3. ^ a b Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 248, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  4. ^ Diocese of Blackburn: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 3, retrieved 10 April 2012
  5. ^ Welcome, St Bartholomew, Great Harwood, retrieved 10 April 2012
  6. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 309, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
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