St John the Baptist Church, Burscough

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St John the Baptist Church, Burscough
Burscough Parish Church.JPG
St John the Baptist Church, Burscough, from the northwest
St John the Baptist Church, Burscough is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
St John the Baptist Church, Burscough
St John the Baptist Church, Burscough
Location in West Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°36′16″N 2°50′25″W / 53.6045°N 2.8403°W / 53.6045; -2.8403
OS grid referenceSD 445 123
LocationLiverpool Road North,
Burscough, Lancashire
WebsiteSt John the Baptist
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated11 August 1972
Architect(s)Daniel Stewart
William Waddington and Sons
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
Completedc. 1932
Construction cost£3,440
(£310,000 in 2018)
MaterialsSandstone, slate roofs
ParishSt John, Burscough Bridge
Vicar(s)Revd Canon David Banbury
Curate(s)Revd Elliot Ireton
Minister(s)Revd Brian Abraham
Reader(s)Al Rimmer
Organist(s)Tom Cooper
Churchwarden(s)Ian Hawkesby, Mark Taylor

St John the Baptist Church is in Liverpool Road North, Burscough, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Ormskirk, the archdeaconry of Warrington, and the diocese of Liverpool. Its benefice has been united with those of St Andrew, Burscough Bridge, St Cyprian, Burscough Bridge, and Oaks, Burscough Bridge.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[2] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


The church was built between 1829 and 1832 to a design by Daniel Stewart.[4] A grant of £3,040 (equivalent to £260,000 in 2018)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[3] The total cost of its construction of the church was £3,440. Galleries were inserted on three sides in 1857. In 1887–89 the chancel was added by William Waddington and Sons, and in about 1932 the south vestry was built.[4]


St John's is constructed in ashlar sandstone, with a slate roof. Its architectural style is Gothic Revival. The plan consists of a five-bay nave, and a chancel with a vestry to the south. The west front is gabled, and is divided into three bays by four polygonal buttresses that rise to octagonal embattled turrets. On the apex of the gable is a bellcote with louvred bell openings over which are gablets. It has an ogival top surmounted by a crocketed pinnacle. In the centre bay is an arched doorway, above which is a blind three-light window. In each lateral bay is a blind two-light window. The bays along the sides of the church are divided by buttresses, and each contains a two-light window. On the corners of the chancel are turrets, its side windows have two lights, and the east window has five lights.[2]

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  1. ^ St John, Burscough Bridge, Church of England, retrieved 11 January 2012
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St John, Burscough (1220393)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 January 2012
  3. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 334, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4
  4. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 161, ISBN 0-300-10910-5
  5. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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