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St George's Church, Chorley
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Coordinates: 53°39′08″N 2°37′45″W / 53.6521°N 2.6292°W / 53.6521; -2.6292
OS grid reference SD 585,175
Location St George's Street,
Chorley, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Traditional Anglican
Website St Georges, Chorley
History
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint George
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 21 December 1966
Architect(s) Thomas Rickman
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
(Early English)
Groundbreaking 1822
Completed 1825
Construction cost £12,387
Specifications
Materials Stone, slate roof
Clergy
Vicar(s) The Revd Michael Print
Laity
Organist(s) Gordon Blackledge
Churchwarden(s) John Bradley
Parish administrator William Greenwood

St George's Church is in St George's Street, Chorley, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Chorley, the archdeaconry of Blackburn, and the diocese of Blackburn. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.

History

The church was built between 1822 and 1825 to a design by Thomas Rickman. A grant of £12,387 (equivalent to £820,000 in 2018)2018 was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission. It was originally a chapel of ease to the mother church of St Laurence, and became a separate parish in 1856. Later three more parishes were created within its boundaries, St Peter, which had earlier been a district within the parish, St James in 1879, and All Saints in the 1950s.

Architecture

Exterior

St George's is constructed in ashlar stone with a slate roof. Its architectural style is Early English. The plan consists of a nave and chancel in one cell with a clerestory, north and south aisles, and a west tower. The tower is in four stages with angle buttresses rising to octagonal pinnacles. It has a west doorway under a crocketed gable above which is a tall lancet window. In three sides of the third stage are clock faces. In the top stage are arcades of tall lancets, the outer ones being blind. The parapet is embattled. The nave and aisles are in seven bays. The bays of the aisles are separated by buttresses rising to pinnacles, and each bay contains a pair of lancet windows. Each bay of the clerestory also contains a pair of lancets. The east window consists of five stepped lancets.

Interior

Inside the church the arcades are carried on eight thin piers. There are galleries on three sides carried on cast iron pillars, their fronts being decorated with tracery. The ceiling is flat, carried on cast iron, decorated hammerbeams. At the west end of the north aisle is a baptistry containing a white marble font consisting of an angel carrying a scalloped bowl. The octagonal sculpted pulpit was made by Thomas Rawcliffe of Chorley. The eagle lectern is a memorial to the church's first vicar. The stained glass in the east window is also to the first vicar's memory and is dated 1875. There is a window in the south chancel wall dated 1877, and windows in the north chancel wall dated 1914 and 1920. The glass in the west window is by Stephen Adam, and depicts the Resurrection. The chandeliers were installed in 1977, having previously been in St Mary's Church, Ulverston. The clock in the tower was installed in 1920. The three-manual organ was made in about 1870 by Kirtland and Jardine, with modifications by E. Walklet in 1934. The bells consist of an Ellacombe Chime, made by Mears and Stainbank at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, and installed in 1919.

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