St James' Church, Daisy Hill

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St James' Church, Daisy Hill
St James' Church, Daisy Hill, from the southwest
St James' Church, Daisy Hill is located in Greater Manchester
St James' Church, Daisy Hill
St James' Church, Daisy Hill
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°32′05″N 2°31′05″W / 53.5346°N 2.5180°W / 53.5346; -2.5180
OS grid reference SD 658,044
Location Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St James, Daisy Hill
Founded 24 February 1879
Dedication Saint James the Great
Consecrated 22 April 1881
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 19 August 1986
Architect(s) Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 24 February 1879
Completed 1881
Construction cost £6,500
Capacity 410
Length 124 feet (37.8 m)
Nave width 48 feet (14.6 m)
Materials Brick with terracotta dressings,
slate roofs
Parish St James, Daisy Hill
Deanery Deane
Archdeaconry Bolton
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Vicar(s) Fr Jeremy Brading

St James' Church is in the Daisy Hill district of Westhoughton, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Deane, the archdeaconry of Bolton, and the diocese of Manchester.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[2]


The church was built between 1879 and 1881, and was designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. Its cost of £6,500 (£590,000 in 2015)[3] was met by two sisters, Mrs Makant and Miss Haddock. The authors of the Buildings of England series state that the church is "a masterly performance for relatively little cash".[4] Building work began on 24 February 1879, when the first sod was turned by Miss Haddock, and the foundation stone was laid by Mrs Makant.[5] The church was consecrated on 22 April 1881 by the Bishop of Manchester.[6] The church provided seating for 410 people.[7] Daisy Hill became a separate parish in 1884.[8]



St James' is constructed in brick with terracotta dressings, with a small number of stone dressings.[4] The roofs are slated. Its plan consists of a three-bay nave, a north porch, a chancel, a north transept and vestry, and a bell turret on the south side. All the windows contain Perpendicular-style tracery. The windows along the sides of the church have three lights. The porch is gabled, and has a pointed arch with carvings in the spandrels. At the west end of the church is a five-light window. The transept has a hipped roof, and a projecting entrance also under a hipped roof. There are two-light windows in the organ loft and in the vestry. The east window has six lights, and there are four-light windows in the north and south sides of the chancel. The bell turret is in five stages. The lowest stage contains an entrance with a pointed arch, and round-headed windows. In the second stage is a two-light window, and small windows illuminating the stair contained within the turret. Above this are two bell openings, with a third bell opening above them. At the top of the bell turret is a gable surmounted by a weathercock.[2]


Inside the church the brick is bare. The nave has a tie-beam roof, and the chancel has a boarded wagon roof. In the chancel are two sedilia and an aumbry, both in terracotta. The reredos dates from 1924, and is by Shrigley and Hunt. Also in the church is a Pre-Raphaelite painting by Alfred Charles Weatherstone. In the east window is stained glass made by Morris & Co., depicting the Epiphany. In the transept is a stained glass dating from 1943 designed by Edith Norris. The only monument in the church is to the memory of its first vicar, who died in 1911.[4] The three-manual organ was built in 1883 by W. E. Richardson at a cost of about £3,000 (£270,000 in 2015).[3][9]

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  1. ^ St James, Daisy Hill, Church of England, retrieved 3 September 2011 
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St James, Westhoughton (1067273)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 September 2011 
  3. ^ a b UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2015), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  4. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 676–677, ISBN 0-300-10583-5 
  5. ^ The foundation stone is laid, St James the Great, Daisy Hill, retrieved 20 November 2013 
  6. ^ Consecration of St James Church, St James the Great, Daisy Hill, retrieved 20 November 2013 
  7. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, pp. 114–115, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  8. ^ The Parish of Daisy Hill is formed, St James the Great, Daisy Hill, retrieved 20 November 2013 
  9. ^ Lancashire (Manchester, Greater), Westhoughton, St. James, Daisy Hill (N10975), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 3 September 2011