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Church of St John the Evangelist, Bacup

Description: Church of St John the Evangelist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 185591

OS Grid Reference: SD8673423039
OS Grid Coordinates: 386734, 423039
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7036, -2.2024

Location: 11 Princess Street, Rawtenstall, Lancashire OL13 8PA

Locality: Bacup
Local Authority: Rossendale Borough Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: OL13 8PA

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Listing Text


13/14 Church of St. John the
- II

Church, 1882-3, by Medland Taylor. Coursed sandstone, blue slate
roof with patterned bands of green slates. Nave with full-height
aisles, south porch and transept, polygonal baptistery at west end,
chancel with basement and various side offices. On slope rising to
the west, in simplified Gothic style with buttresses and stepped
bands on 2 levels. East end presents 2 unequal gables to the road,
that to the chancel with a large 5-light traceried window (and 4
basement lights), the smaller set back on the north side with a
3-light window which has a cusped vesica in the head. On the south
side the 2-bay chancel has at the lower level stepped lean-to cloisters
with one doorway and 5 lancets, and above these 2-light windows with
hoodmoulds; transept has a large 5-light window with a hoodmould (and
2 lancets at the lower level); aisle has large gabled porch (intended
for a tower) in the 1st bay, 2 windows in the 2nd bay and one in the
3rd bay, all these of 2 simplified lights with a small round light
above. North aisle of 4 regular bays has similar windows. West end
has a rose window in the gable and a lean-to extension embracing the
polygonal baptistery which has tall coupled lancets in the 2 exposed sides.
Interior: 4-bay arcade of columns with moulded shaft-rings, moulded caps,
2-centred arches; similar 2-bay arcade to west end; scissor-braced roof
with wind-braced purlins and alternate trusses with arch-bracing
supported by hammerbeams; similar chancel roof with truss carried on
a short chamfered pilasters the bases of which rest on moulded circular
caps to stove-pipe-shaped columns dying into the wall below; aisle
roofs with kingposts and longitudinal bracing. A dramatic and
unorthodox church typical of this architect.

Listing NGR: SD8673423039

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Source: English Heritage

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