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Central United Reformed Church, Darwen

Description: Central United Reformed Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 184688

OS Grid Reference: SD6905122533
OS Grid Coordinates: 369051, 422533
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6983, -2.4702

Location: Edward Street, Darwen BB3 1QA

Locality: Darwen
County: Blackburn with Darwen
Country: England
Postcode: BB3 1QA

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Listing Text


4/17 Central United Reformed

Church, formerly Congregational church, 1852-3, probably by Raffles
Brown of Liverpool, restored 1868. Coursed sandstone rubble with
white ashlar dressings, steeply pitched slate roof (Bath stone was
replaced with Longridge stone, and the roof renewed, in 1868). Nave
with aisles under one roof, north and south transepts, short chancel
with flanking offices; in Decorated style. West gable to road has
entrance in 4-bay arcade of trefoil-headed arches, above which is a
large 6-light window with flowing tracery in the head; the gable has
pinnacles at the eaves and a gableted bellcote at the apex, and at
ground floor is flanked by low stair turrets which have 3 raked cusped
lancets, corner pinnacles, and flying buttresses containing mouchette
tracery. Side walls have large gablets to the 3 bays of the aisles,
each containing a 3-light window with different flowing tracery, transepts
have 3 cusped lancets at ground floor and large 4-light windows with
flowing tracery; at mid-level of roof is clerestory of 6 small gabled
dormers with Y-tracery. Interior: principal feature of interest is
scissor-beam roof with 2 tiers of arch bracing linked and secured by
spurs giving a trilobed lower profile to each truss; soffits of
braces moulded and painted, bosses of spurs foliated; moulded chancel
arch with foliated caps, now filled by organ and pulpit. Gallery at
west end. Simple benches with staggered partitions.

Listing NGR: SD6905122533

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Source: English Heritage

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