St James the Great Church, Wrightington facts for kids
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St James the Great Church, Wrightington, from the south
|OS grid reference||SD 526,136|
|Website||St James the Great|
|Heritage designation||Grade II|
|Designated||19 August 1988|
|Architect(s)||E. G. Paley|
|Materials||Sandstone rubble, slate roof|
|Vicar(s)||Revd Polly Mason|
|Parish administrator||Mrs S. Crawford|
St James the Great Church is in Church Lane, to the west of Wrightington in 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.
The Church's community also runs a theatre group, known as 'The St James Players', for people of all age to participate in, and performs an annual play or pantomime in the theatre building directly across from the Church itself.
St James' is constructed in sandstone rubble and has a slate roof. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave with a south aisle, a south porch, and a chancel. At the west end is a rose window, above which is a gabled bellcote. Along the north wall of the nave are four pairs of lancet windows, between which are buttresses, and along the south wall of the aisle are three similar windows. The chancel has two lancets in the south wall, and a triple stepped lancet window at the east end.
Inside the church is an arcade carried on alternate round and octagonal piers. The church has an open timber roof. The two-manual organ was made in 1916 by Jardine of Manchester and modified in about 1985 by Pendlebury of Cleveleys. The authors of the Buildings of England series express the opinion that the church is "nothing special".
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