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Church of St Stephen

A Grade II Listed Building in Rossendale, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.699 / 53°41'56"N

Longitude: -2.3438 / 2°20'37"W

OS Eastings: 377397

OS Northings: 422564

OS Grid: SD773225

Mapcode National: GBR DT2N.CQ

Mapcode Global: WH979.Z923

Entry Name: Church of St Stephen

Listing Date: 30 November 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1361962

English Heritage Legacy ID: 185671

Location: Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4

County: Lancashire

District: Rossendale

Town: Rossendale

Electoral Ward/Division: Helmshore

Built-Up Area: Haslingden

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Haslingden St James

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text

SD 72 SE

Church of St. Stephen


Church, 1868, rebuilt on this site 1926-7 (architect then Robert Martin
LRIBA). Rock-faced sandstone, slate roof with 2 bands of fishscale slates.
North-west tower with spire, nave with polygonal chancel, in simple Gothic
style. Three-stage tower incorporating porch has angle buttresses, arched
north doorway with hoodmould and figured stops, 2 triangular trefoils in each
side wall, 2 lancets in each side at the middle level, belfry with 2 cusped
louvres in a panel with Lombard frieze, and a broach spire with lucarnes to
the cardinal faces. West end of nave has short gabled porch with figured
stops to the hoodmould of the arch, buttresses flanking this, windows of 2
cusped lights at each side, and above the porch a 3-light west window with
plate tracery. Buttressed 5-bay nave has 2-light windows with plate tracery,
and polygonal chancel in matching style has gabled vestry and organ house on
north and south sides. Small modern extension at south-west corner of nave.
Interior: nave is single vessel with arch-braced hammerbeam roof supported by
carved stone corbels, all with different foliation; chancel roof supported by
hammerbeam rising from carved angel corbels has one scissor-braced truss.
Brass plate in south side of chancel arch states that church "formerly stood
one and a quarter miles up the valley", and was rebuilt on this site,
consecrated 22 May 1927: plate on facing wall marking corner stone laid by
Earl of Derby March 21 1926. War memorial window on south side of nave
portraying soldier with helmet and rifle loosely held in his hands, a large
angel with arm over his shoulder pointing heavenwards with her other hand, and
Christ the King waiting in the other window: lettering at the head "Well done
thou good and faithful servant Enter thou into the joy of the Lord", and at
the foot commemorating sixteen men of this parish.

Listing NGR: SD7739722564

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 29 August 2017.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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