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Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Broughton

Description: Parish Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 11 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 185861

OS Grid Reference: SD5289934373
OS Grid Coordinates: 352899, 434373
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8035, -2.7166

Location: Church Lane, Broughton, Lancashire PR3 5LN

Locality: Broughton
Local Authority: Preston City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: PR3 5LN

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Listing Text


7/14 Parish Church of St. John
the Baptist

Parish church. West tower dated 1533, nave rebuilt 1822, chancel and attached
offices 1906 by Austin and Paley. Sandstone (tower of coursed blocks, nave of
ashlar, chancel of rock-faced stone), with slate roofs. Three-stage embattled
tower with diagonal buttresses (dying in the height, with offsets) and
full-height south-west stair turret, has a moulded arched west door and above
this a 3-light Perpendicular window with tracery, a 3-light belfry louvre in
each side; loop-lights to the stair turret, and a parapet string course dated
1533 on the south side, with small gargoyles near the corners. Nave in Early
English style, divided into 5 bays by shallow buttresses, has one large lancet
in each bay, with deeply splayed reveals, and hoodmoulds and sillbands run out
to the buttresses; 2nd and 4th bays on north side have similarly treated doors
beneath raised sills of shortened windows. Full-height chancel and gabled
organ chamber on south side by Austin and Paley, in Perpendicular style
characteristic of these architects, with square-headed traceried windows,
stepped string-courses and battlements, tall 3-light east window with stepped
transom; band below string
course in gable of organ chamber has re-set C16 carved stones with shields and
initials, said to be those of the Singleton, Barton, Langton, and Redmayne
families. Interior: Perpendicular tower arch, and above it the gable-line of
a much smaller former nave; flat ceiling; tub font (removed in early C19 and
used as flower vase, but restored here in 1887, on new pedestal) said to be
Saxon. Probably 3rd church on site since C12. (References: Pevsner; VCH
Lancs; and F. Eden Wilson and Roger D. Houghton A Short History of The
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Broughton-in-Amounderness, 1977).

Listing NGR: SD5289934373

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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