St John the Evangelist's Church, Clifton

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Clifton
Lund Parish Church
St John the Evangelist's Church, Clifton, from the southeast
St John the Evangelist's Church, Clifton is located in the Borough of Fylde
St John the Evangelist's Church, Clifton
St John the Evangelist's Church, Clifton
Location in the Borough of Fylde
Coordinates: 53°46′34″N 2°48′58″W / 53.7761°N 2.8161°W / 53.7761; -2.8161
Location Clifton, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John, Clifton
Dedication Saint John the Evangelist
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Robert Roper,
Joseph Hansom (chancel),
Paley and Austin (tower)
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1824
Completed 1873
Parish Lund
Deanery Kirkham
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Churchwarden(s) Margaet Collinge
Steve Gregson

St John the Evangelist's Church, also known as Lund Parish Church, is located on an isolated site near the village of Clifton, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Kirkham, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1]


The church was built in 1824–25, replacing an older church on the site, and designed by Robert Roper. A chancel was added in 1852, possibly designed by Joseph Hansom.[2] The tower, designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin, was built in 1873.[3] It is thought that the roof of the nave was replaced at this time, and Decorated tracery was installed in the windows.[2]


The plan of the church consists of a nave and chancel, without aisles, and a west tower. The tower has an octagonal southeast stair turret, rising above the parapet of the tower. Inside the church, the most notable feature is the font, which has been identified as a former Roman altar, probably moved here from a fort near Kirkham. It is crudely carved with human figures. The stained glass dates from the late 19th and early 20th century, and there are monuments dating from the 19th century.[2]

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  1. ^ St John the Evangelist, Clifton, Church of England, retrieved 21 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 236–237, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  3. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin (publication-place = Swindon ed.), English Heritage, p. 226, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8