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Church of St Saviour, Bacup

Description: Church of St Saviour

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 185616

OS Grid Reference: SD8664921962
OS Grid Coordinates: 386649, 421962
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6939, -2.2037

Location: A6066, Rawtenstall, Lancashire OL13 0BZ

Locality: Bacup
Local Authority: Rossendale Borough Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: OL13 0BZ

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Listing Text


7/39 Church of St. Saviour

Church, 1864-5, by Edward Wyndham Tarn (Pevsner). Rock-faced sandstone,
steeply-pitched slate roof with bands of green fish-scale slates.
Nave with north and south aisles, chancel with polygonal apse, very
prominent north-east tower with broach spire; in Gothic style, with
mostly plate tracery. Seven-bay nave and aisles; aisles have short
buttresses, 2 windows in each bay as alternating pairs either of 2 cusped
lights with quatrefoils in the head or single cusped lights, clerestory
has coupled segmental pointed lights; at west end of north aisle is gabled
porch with steeply-pitched roof and moulded arch. At east end of south
aisle is a cross-gabled baptistery. West end is buttressed and has at
lower level an arcade of 3+5+3 recessed 2-light windows, round windows
over the outer groups, and in centre a large tripartite west window with
2 orders (with shaft rings) to flanking lancets and a large 3-light centre
which has bar tracery in the head. Buttressed apse with trefoil-pierced
parapet has moulded lancets containing bar tracery with trefoils in the
heads. Three stage tower with polygonal stair turret has recessed 2-light
belfry louvres, a Lombard frieze, and lucarnes to the spire. Interior:
7-bay nave arcade composed of slender polished columns with prominent
moulded caps carrying double-chamfered 2-centred arches; clerestory-level
wall shafts with moulded caps supporting cusped bracing to wagon roof.
West gallery passing through 3rd bay of arcade. Windows of apse linked by
blind arcading containing Commandment Tables etc; similar blind arcading
to side walls of baptistery containing lettered panels: on east side
commemorating John Holt of Stubbylee (q.v.) 1804-36 and other members of
this family, on west side 1914-18 War Memorials. Beneath floor at east
end is font for baptism by immersion.

Listing NGR: SD8664921962

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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