St Mary's Church, Borwick

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St Mary's Church, Borwick
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St Mary's Church, Borwick, from the northwest
St Mary's Church, Borwick is located in the City of Lancaster district
St Mary's Church, Borwick
St Mary's Church, Borwick
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 54°09′16″N 2°43′18″W / 54.1544°N 2.7216°W / 54.1544; -2.7216
OS grid reference SD 530,734
Location Borwick, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Mary, Borwick
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 5 September 2002
Architect(s) Paley, Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1894
Completed 1896
Materials Stone, tiled roofs
Parish St Oswald, Warton
Deanery Tunstall
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Damian Michael Porter
Reader(s) Dr Margaret Coles
Churchwarden(s) Ron Ogden, Sally Rothwell
Parish administrator Linda Gardner

St Mary's Church is located to the north of the village of Borwick, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Tunstall, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with those of St Oswald, Warton, and St John the Evangelist, Yealand Conyers.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built in 1894–96 for William Sharp of Linden Hall in memory of his wife who had died in 1889. It was designed by the Lancaster firm of architects, Paley, Austin and Paley. The church was consecrated on 24 June 1896.[2][3]


St Mary's is constructed in rubble stone with ashlar dressings, and has tiled roofs. Its plan is simple and consists of a nave with a north porch, and a chancel with a south vestry. On the west gable is a small bellcote. Its architectural style is Gothic Revival. At the corners of the church are diagonal stepped buttresses rising to crocketed finials. On the north side of the nave are two three-light windows, with a two-light window in the north wall of the chancel. The east window has three lights. On the south side of the nave are three three-light windows.[2] All these windows contain simple Perpendicular-style tracery.[4] On each side of the vestry is a flat-headed two-light mullioned window.[2]

Inside the church are a Perpendicular-style reredos, an octagonal font, a brass lectern, and a brass chandelier.[2] The two manual organ was installed in 1964, having been moved from a Congregational church in Warrington; it was made by Hall of Kendal. Before installation it had been overhauled by Harrison and Harrison. It was overhauled again in 2005 by David Wells of Liverpool.[5]

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  1. ^ St Mary, Borwick, Church of England, retrieved 6 December 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of St Mary, Borwick (1272423)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 6 December 2011 
  3. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 241, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  4. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 167, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  5. ^ Lancashire, Borwick, St. Mary (G00016), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 7 December 2011