St Luke's Church, Orrell

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St Luke's Church, Orrell
East end of St Luke's Church, Orrell
St Luke's Church, Orrell is located in Greater Manchester
St Luke's Church, Orrell
St Luke's Church, Orrell
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°31′44″N 2°42′36″W / 53.5290°N 2.7100°W / 53.5290; -2.7100
Location Lodge Road, Orrell, Wigan, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Luke, Orrell
Dedication Saint Luke
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Henry Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1926
Completed 1938
Parish St Luke, Orrell
Deanery Wigan
Archdeaconry Warrington
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Peter Graham Whittington

St Luke's Church, Orrell, is in Lodge Road, Orrell, 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 three west bays of St Luke's were built in 1926–27, but the remainder was not completed until 1939. It had been planned to have a southwest tower, but this was never built. The church was designed by Henry Paley of the Lancaster firm of architects Austin and Paley.[2][3]


The church is designed mainly in Perpendicular style, and has a polygonal apse at the east end. Inside the church, the arcades are carried on octagonal piers. Under the chancel arch is a low wall with an integral pulpit. The sedilia and furnishings were designed by the architects, and include an octagonal font.[2]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war graves of a soldier and three airmen of World War II.[4]

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  1. ^ St Luke, Orrell, Church of England, retrieved 3 May 2012 
  2. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 537, ISBN 0-300-10583-5 
  3. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, pp. 183, 251, 255, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  4. ^ ORRELL (ST. LUKE) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 6 February 2013