St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton

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St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton
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St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton, from the south
St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton
St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton
Location in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Coordinates: 53°54′23″N 2°21′48″W / 53.9063°N 2.3632°W / 53.9063; -2.3632
OS grid reference SD 762 456
Location Grindleton, near Clitheroe, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Ambrose, Grindleton
Dedication Saint Ambrose
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 20 February 1984
Architect(s) Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1805
Completed 1898
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish Grindleton
Deanery Whalley
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Rector Revd Roger G Wood

St Ambrose's Church is in the village of Grindleton, which is situated about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Clitheroe, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Whalley, the archdeaconry of Blackburn, and the Diocese of Blackburn.[1][2] Its benefice is united with that of St Peter and St Paul, Bolton by Bowland.[3] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[4]


The west tower and part of the nave date from 1805.[4] In 1897–98 the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley rebuilt the body of the church, other than its south side.[5] That rebuilding also included replacement of the box pews and the pulpit.[6]


The church is constructed in sandstone and has slate roofs. Its plan consists of a three-bay nave, a north aisle, a south porch, a single-bay chancel, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages, with a lunette west window in the middle stage. The top stage contains lunette-shaped bell openings, and the parapet is battlemented with pinnacles at the corners. Each bay contains a two-light window. The south porch is constructed mainly of timber. Between the nave and the chancel is a buttress. The south wall of the chancel contains a three-light window, and the east window has four lights. The west window, and the windows along the north aisle, have two lights each.[4]

Inside the church is a five-bay timber arcade. The chancel contains a double sedilia and a piscina. The stained glass in the east window dates from the late 1800s, and contains depictions of the Four Evangelists.[4] Another window depicts Saint George and Joan of Arc, and beneath it is a memorial to the two world wars.[6] The two-manual organ was built in 1879 by Bevington, and restored and overhauled in 1979 by R. D. Holmes and E. H. Holmes.[7]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war graves of three soldiers of World War I, and an airman of World War II.[8]

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  1. ^ Semley, Ronnie (16 April 2014). "Diocese of Blackburn is now home to SIX new Parishes". Diocese of Blackburn. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bishop of Blackburn Julian welcomes new parishes to diocese". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest (North West). 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Grindleton: St Ambrose, Grindleton, Church of England, retrieved 4 January 2012 
  4. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Ambrose, Grindleton (1072188)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 January 2012 
  5. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 242, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  6. ^ a b The Parish Church of St Ambrose, Grindleton Village, retrieved 4 January 2012 
  7. ^ Yorkshire, West Riding (Lancashire), Grindleton, St. Ambrose (R00617), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 4 January 2012 
  8. ^ GRINDLETON (ST. AMBROSE) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 14 February 2013