Church, Lancashire

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St James' Church, Church Kirk
Church is located in the Borough of Hyndburn
Shown within Hyndburn
Church is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Area0.51 sq mi (1.3 km2[1]
Population5,186 (2011) [1]
• Density10,169/sq mi (3,926/km2)
OS grid referenceSD746288
• London231 miles (372 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBB5
Dialling code01254
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°45′18″N 2°23′10″W / 53.755°N 2.386°W / 53.755; -2.386Coordinates: 53°45′18″N 2°23′10″W / 53.755°N 2.386°W / 53.755; -2.386

Church is a large village in Hyndburn, Lancashire, England, situated a mile west of Accrington. The village has a population of 5,186 at the 2011 Census, an increase from 3,990 according to the 2001 census.[a][2][1]

History and geography[edit]

Church was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley, covering an area along the eastern side of Hyndburn Brook. Tinker Brook, up to Foxhill Bank, formed the boundary with Oswaldtwistle in the south and Bottom Syke from Dunkenhalgh, the boundary with Clayton-le-Moors to the north. This became a civil parish in 1866.[3]

The parish church is the medieval Church of St James. The tower dates to the late medieval era, and was damaged by a fire in 1983. The nave was constructed in 1805. Edward Ormerod or Ormrod (1834-1894) was born in the village of Church. He was the inventor in 1867 of the patent Ormerod Butterfly Clip, which has been responsible for saving the lives of generations of coal miners.

The main road running through the village is the A679. The local travel links are located less than a mile from the village centre to Church and Oswaldtwistle railway station and 27 miles (43 km) to Blackpool Airport. Church is the halfway point on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Prior to 1894 Church had a civil parish, and between 1894 and 1974 the area was administered by an Urban District.[4] It has since become an unparished part of the borough of Hyndburn.

Economy and amenities[edit]

Church is a large village with a wealth of amenities, including a supermarket, bakery, bookmaker, sports centre, a fire station and a car sales garage. Another car sales garage was closed down and demolished in 2015, making way for a restaurant.[5] A small library was also once located in the village, but closed in 2006.


Church is home to St Christopher's Church of England High School and St. Nicholas C.E. Primary School.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ The area in 2001 was listed as 112 hectares (0.43 sq mi), whereas in 2011 it was listed as 132.5 hectares (0.51 sq mi) and included part of Altham civil parish.


  1. ^ a b c UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Church Built-up area (1119883746)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Lancashire Profile Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Church Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Church UD through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  5. ^ MacPherson, Jon (24 April 2015). "New 'Brickworks' pub and restaurant will create 45 jobs". Accrington Observer. Retrieved 12 June 2015.

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