Lancashire Churches

St. John the Baptist’s Church in Tunstall

A church regularly visited by the Bronte sisters hides a Roman altar. A church is recorded at Tunstall in the Domesday survey, and Roman settlement is recorded at nearby Burrow where a camp has been excavated. However, the oldest Christian...

St. Mary’s Church in Newchurch-in-Pendle

An C18 church with an older tower hidden in the East Lancashire hills. St Mary at Newchurch-in-Pendle is situated on Pendle Hill slopes above Nelson town. As records say, a chapel of ease was on the territory in 1250. The Bishop of Chester...

St. Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton

A crisp Georgian exterior hides a much older medieval interior. The church of Woodplumpton was originally an offshoot of St Michael’s-on-Wyre. The earliest documentary record of the church is from 1552, but during restoration work in 1900...

St. Helen’s Church in Overton

A small Norman church overlooking the River Lune. The village of Overton is at the southern end of a peninsula of land formed by the estuary of the River Lune where it flows into the Irish Sea. This gives it a certain remoteness, and...

St. Wilfrid’s Church in Melling

A Lune valley church rebuilt after Robert the Bruce’s raid of 1322. The remains of an Anglo-Saxon cross suggest that there has been a church at Melling since the C10. Furthermore, in his book of 1823, the “History of...

lancashire-map Welcome! This website looks at a selection of churches of architectural and historic interest. They are representative of the county and, in the main, are not the more obvious choices.
Yet Lancashire is also a place of hills, plains and coast, of ancient villages and market towns. Like most counties' churches, those in Lancashire span all the periods of architectural development, from Saxon times to the present day. And, whilst it is true that some periods are better represented than others, the enthusiast in Lancashire can find local gems and national treasures throughout the county.
The modern county of Lancashire was devised by the local government reorganisation of 1974. "Historic Lancashire" or "Real Lancashire" has existed since the twelfth century and covers a considerably larger area. Lancashire stretches from the Coniston and Windermere areas of the Lake District, down to the Furness peninsula and Walney Island, across the sands of Morecambe Bay to the Lune valley, through Bowland, the Fylde, the western Pennines, and south to the areas around Southport, Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington.
The aim of the website is to foster a better understanding of what Lancashire has to offer, and to help to stimulate an interest in the study of church architecture generally.

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