St John the Divine's Church, Pemberton

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St John the Divine's Church, Pemberton
St John the Divine's Church, Pemberton is located in Greater Manchester
St John the Divine's Church, Pemberton
St John the Divine's Church, Pemberton
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°32′13″N 2°40′59″W / 53.5369°N 2.6830°W / 53.5369; -2.6830
OS grid reference SD 548,047
Location Church Street,
Lamberhead Green, Pemberton, Wigan,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John the Divine, Pemberton
Dedication Saint John the Divine
Consecrated 26 September 1832
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 8 August 1999
Architect(s) Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1830
Completed 1832
Construction cost £4,913
Capacity 900
Materials Brick, sandstone dessings
Slate roofs
Parish Pemberton
Deanery Wigan
Archdeaconry Warrington
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Priest(s) Revd Philip Anderson
Assistant priest Revd Christine Warrilow
Churchwarden(s) David Roy Parfitt
Brenda Brookes

St John the Divine's Church, Pemberton, is in Church Street, Lamberhead Green, Pemberton, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Wigan, the archdeaconry of Warrington, and the diocese of Liverpool.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


The church was built between 1830 and 1832 to a design by Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson.[4] A grant of £4,913 (£400,000 as of 2014)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[3] It was consecrated on 26 September 1832, and was originally a chapel of ease to Wigan Parish Church.[6] Between 2008 and 2011 the church was modernised with the creation of a kitchen, toilets and a meeting area at the west end.[7]


St John's is constructed in brick with sandstone dressings, and has slate roofs. Its architectural style is Gothic Revival. The plan consists of a nine-bay nave, north and south aisles, north and south porches, and a short single-bay chancel. At the west end are corner pilasters, each containing a blind lancet window, rising to a turret containing a louvred lancet, and with an embattled parapet. In the centre of the west front is a gabled doorway flanked by buttresses, the gable of the doorway containing a shield. Above it is a triple stepped lancet window, and over this is a blind lancet. Each bay along the sides of the aisles contains a lancet window. The east window consists of a stepped triple lancet.[2] Inside the church are three galleries carried on cast iron columns. The ceiling is flat.[4]

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The boundary walls and gates to the west and south of the churchyard are also listed at Grade II. The walls and gate piers are in sandstone, and the elaborate gates are in wrought iron.[8] The churchyard contains 25 war graves of Commonwealth service personnel, 14 of World War I and 11 of World War II.[9]

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  1. ^ St John, Pemberton, Church of England, retrieved 11 April 2012 
  2. ^ a b English Heritage, "Church of St John the Divine, Wigan (1384458)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 April 2012 
  3. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818–1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 335, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  4. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 663, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  5. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  6. ^ Our History, St.John the Divine, Pemberton, retrieved 11 April 2012 
  7. ^ Parish Profile (PDF), St.John the Divine, Pemberton, April 2011, retrieved 11 April 2012 
  8. ^ English Heritage, "Boundary walls and gateways to west and south of Church of St John the Divine, Wigan (1384459)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 April 2012 
  9. ^ PEMBERTON (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 7 February 2013 

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