All Saints Church, Higher Walton

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All Saints Church, Higher Walton
All Saints Church, Higher Walton, from the southeast
All Saints Church, Higher Walton is located in the Borough of South Ribble
All Saints Church, Higher Walton
All Saints Church, Higher Walton
Location in the Borough of South Ribble
Coordinates: 53°44′27″N 2°38′27″W / 53.7408°N 2.6407°W / 53.7408; -2.6407
OS grid reference SD 578,274
Location Higher Walton, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website All Saints, Higher Walton
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 27 February 1984
Architect(s) E. G. Paley
Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1861
Completed 1871
Materials Rock-faced stone, slate roofs
Parish All Saints, Higher Walton
Deanery Leyland
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Simon John Hunt
Assistant priest David Woodhouse
Reader(s) Margaret Hunt
Churchwarden(s) Janet Blackledge, Keith Houston

All Saints Church is in Blackburn Road in the village of Higher Walton, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Leyland, the archdeaconry of Blackburn, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The ecclesiastical parish of All Saints, Higher Walton, was formed in 1865 out of the parish of St Leonard, Walton-le-Dale. The church, standing on an eminence overlooking the village, was erected in 1861–2 from the designs of the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley at a cost of £6,000(£530,000 in 2015).[3][4] It provided seating for 604 people.[5] The site was given by Miles Rodgett, and several stained glass windows in the church are erected to the memory of members of the Rodgett family.[6] Paley donated a stained glass window depicting the healing of the sick man.[5] The steeple was added in 1871 by the partnership of Paley and Austin.[3]



All Saints is constructed in rock-faced stone, and it has slated steeply-pitched roofs. The architectural style is Early English. Its plan consists of a nave and a chancel in one range, a south aisle with a porch, a north transept and sacristy. The chancel ends in a three-sided apse. At the west end is a tower with diagonal buttresses, a north stair turret, and a broach spire. On the west side of the tower is a three-light window, and in the upper part is a two-light bell opening on each side. The spire has a clock face under a gablet on each cardinal side.[2] At the east end of the aisle is a wheel window.[3] The other windows have two lights.[2]


Inside the church is an arcade of three short piers with capitals carved with different foliage designs. On the chancel walls are painted geometrical patterns, and on the ceiling are painted panels.[2] The stained glass in the north transept dates from 1877 and is by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake. Elsewhere there is 20th-century stained glass by Shrigley and Hunt.[3] The two-manual organ was built in 1873 by W. E. Richardson of Preston, and overhauled by the same firm in 1909. It was restored by Peter Collins in 2003–04.[7] There is a ring of eight bells, all cast by John Taylor & Co between 1871 and 1928.[8]

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The churchyard contains the war graves of three soldiers of World War I, and an airman of World War II.[9]

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  1. ^ All Saints, Higher Walton, Church of England, retrieved 2 June 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Church of All Saints, South Ribble (1290187)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 680, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 219, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  6. ^ William Farrer & J Brownbill (editors). A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911): Townships: Walton-le-Dale. British History Online. pp. 289–300. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Lancashire, Walton, Higher, All Saints (R00889), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 2 June 2011 
  8. ^ Higher Walton, All Saints, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 2 June 2011 
  9. ^ HIGHER WALTON (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 15 February 2013