St John's Church, Great Harwood facts for kids
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St John's Church, Great Harwood, from the northeast
|Location||St Hubert's Road, Great Harwood, Lancashire|
|Status||Former parish church|
|Consecrated||1 October 1912|
|Architect(s)||Austin and Paley|
|Groundbreaking||27 May 1911|
|Closed||1 March 2006|
St John's Church originated as a mission church in the Old Butts Chapel in 1881. In 1898 a new church was built, and in 1908 St John's became a separate parish. It was decided to build a new church, the foundation stone of which was laid on 27 May 1911. It was designed by the architects Austin and Paley of Lancaster. The new church was consecrated on 1 October 1912 by the Rt Revd Edmund Knox, bishop of Manchester. There had been plans to build a west tower but, when the funds were raised for this in the 1950s, it was discovered that the foundations were inadequate, and a new northwest porch was built instead. This was opened in 1961. The church was declared redundant on 1 March 2006, and was demolished in 2009. Its reredos was moved to St Margaret's Church, Oldham.
The church was constructed in stone, its architectural style being late Perpendicular. The authors of the Buildings of England series describe it as having been "handsome and assured with well-grouped elements", and having a "good if sober interior".
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