St John the Evangelist's Church, Abram

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Abram

St John the Evangelist's Church, Abram, is in Warrington Road, Abram, 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 was built in 1935–37 to replace an older church built in 1838 that had been damaged by mining subsidence. It was designed by the Lancaster architect Henry Paley of Austin and Paley, and built at a cost of £11,113 (£630,000 in 2015),[2] providing seating for 478 people.[3] The foundation stone of the original building was laid on 9 March 1836 by Sir Henry Gunning, and it was consecrated on 9 June 1838 by the Bishop of Chester.[4] The present church is constructed in stone from Darley Dale, and has a short squat west tower with a saddleback roof. The stained glass in the west window, and two of the wall monuments in the church were moved from the old church.[5] The two-manual pipe organ was made by Richardson and Sons, and was also moved from the old church.[4][6] The churchyard contains the war graves of seven soldiers of World War I, and three soldiers and two airmen of World War II.[7]

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  1. ^ Abram St John the Evangelist Parish Church, Abram, Church of England, retrieved 5 September 2012 
  2. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  3. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 254, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  4. ^ a b Abram Church History, Abram Church, retrieved 5 September 2012 
  5. ^ Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 121, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  6. ^ Lancashire (Manchester, Greater), Abram, St. John (N10866), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 5 September 2012 
  7. ^ ABRAM (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 4 February 2013 

Coordinates: 53°30′35″N 2°35′38″W / 53.5096°N 2.5938°W / 53.5096; -2.5938