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Church of St John the Baptist, Atherton

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 July 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 213476

OS Grid Reference: SD6759503138
OS Grid Coordinates: 367595, 403138
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5239, -2.4902

Location: A579, Pemberton, Wigan M46 0DR

Locality: Atherton
County: Wigan
Country: England
Postcode: M46 0DR

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Listing Text

SD 60 SE
(north side)
2/8 Church of St John the Baptist
(formerly listed as church of
15/7/66 St John Market Place)
Church. 1879. By Paley and Austin. Dressed stone, ashlar
dressings and clay tile roof. Nave, clerestory and aisles
with south-west tower; chancel flanked by side chapel and 2-
storey vestry. Gothic Revival in Decorated style. 5-bay
nave and 2-bay chancel all under a continuous roof. The
aisles have weathered buttresses, 4-light windows with
Decorated tracery and hoodmoulds on the south and 3-light
flat-headed windows on the north. Square clerestory lights.
The chancel has a 6-light transomed window above fleuron
motifs in a chequered panel. The buttress to its right
includes an enriched statue niche. 2-storey organ chamber
and vestry with octagonal corner turret. 7-light west
window. Coped gables and eaves parapet. The monumental 4-
stage castellated tower stands outside the south aisle. It
has octagonal piers at each corner which rise as conically
roofed pinnacles, a 4-light window above the door, clock
faces on the third stage and 3-light belfry openings below a
statue in canopied niche. Interior: clustered columns with
moulded capitals and bases support a double-chamfered nave
arcade. The whole is faced in ashlar. Hammer-beam roof
trusses. Sedilia and piscina. Timberwork includes stalls,
pews, organ casing and intricately carved choir screen.
Alabaster font and stone pulpit. Stained glass; east window
Kempe, 1896. An imposing building which exhibits fine
craftsmanship both inside and out.

Listing NGR: SD6759503138

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Source: English Heritage

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