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St Paul's Church, Farington

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St Paul's Church, Farington
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St Paul's Church, Farington, from the southeast
St Paul's Church, Farington is located in the Borough of South Ribble
St Paul's Church, Farington
St Paul's Church, Farington
Location in the Borough of South Ribble
53°43′12″N 2°42′04″W / 53.7199°N 2.7012°W / 53.7199; -2.7012
OS grid referenceSD 538,250
LocationFarington Moss, Lancashire
WebsiteSt Paul, Farington
StatusParish church
DedicationSt Paul
Consecrated27 June 1849
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated11 November 1966
Architect(s)Edmund Sharpe
J. A. Seward
Architectural typeChurch
StyleRomanesque, Gothic Revival
Construction cost£1,700
(equivalent to £160,000 in 2020)[1]
ParishFarington Moss, St Paul
Vicar(s)Fr Matthew McMurray
Churchwarden(s)Mrs V. Cairns
Mrs B. Lambert
Parish administratorVacant

St Paul's Church is in the village of Farington Moss, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Leyland, the archdeaconry of Blackburn and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with that of St James, Lostock Hall.[2] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[3] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[4]


St Paul's was built in 1839–40 and designed by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe.[5] The church cost £1,700 (equivalent to £160,000 in 2020)[1] to build and £500 of this was met by a grant from the Church Building Commission.[4] The church was consecrated on 27 June 1849 by Rt Revd John Bird Sumner who was at that time the Bishop of Chester.[6] When first built it had seating for 479 people.[7] In 1909 it was enlarged by adding an extra bay to the nave and increasing the size of the chancel, the architect being J. A. Seward of Preston. The addition had resulted in a higher roof for the chancel, and in 1966 the nave roof was raised to the same level as the chancel.[6]


The church is built in brick with stone dressings and a red tile roof. The tower and nave are in Romanesque style and the chancel is in Gothic Revival style. Its plan consists of a six-bay nave, a chancel, and a northwest tower. The tower has four stages, with angle buttresses rising to a pinnacle at each corner. In the bottom stage are arched doorways; above this each stage contains a pair of round-headed windows. The windows in the first floor are glazed; those above are louvred.[3]

External features

The churchyard contains war graves of four soldiers of World War I, and a soldier, a marine and Royal Navy sailor of World War II.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", MeasuringWorth, retrieved 2 December 2021
  2. ^ Farington Moss, St Paul, Church of England, retrieved 27 July 2011
  3. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Paul, Farington (1073032)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 May 2012
  4. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818–1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 334, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4
  5. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 289, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
  6. ^ a b Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes, p. 125
  7. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 211, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  8. ^ FARINGTON (ST. PAUL) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 13 February 2013
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