St Paul's Church, Constable Lee

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St Paul's Church, Constable Lee
St Paul's Church, Constable Lee is located in the Borough of Rossendale
St Paul's Church, Constable Lee
St Paul's Church, Constable Lee
Location in the Borough of Rossendale
Coordinates: 53°42′37″N 2°17′19″W / 53.7102°N 2.2886°W / 53.7102; -2.2886
OS grid referenceSD 811 238
LocationBurnley Road,
Constable Lee,
Rawtenstall, Lancashire
WebsiteSt Paul, Constable Lee
StatusParish church
DedicationSaint Paul
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated30 November 1984
Architect(s)Austin and Paley
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
MaterialsSandstone, slate roofs
ParishSt Paul, Constable Lee
Vicar(s)Revd Chris Casey
Curate(s)Julie Barrett
Reader(s)Howard Ellison
Churchwarden(s)Colin Crawforth, Alan Davey

St Paul's Church is in Burnley Road, Constable Lee, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Rossendale, the archdeaconry of Bolton, and the diocese of Manchester.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built between 1901 and 1903 to a design by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley, providing seating for 332 people. The initial estimated cost was £5,000, but it finally cost £7,000 (equivalent to £740,000 in 2018).[3][4]

Architecture and fittings[edit]

St Paul's is a low building standing at the top of a hill. It is constructed in sandstone with slate roofs. The plan consists of a six-bay nave, a south aisle, two south porches, a chancel, and a northeast vestry.[2] The planned central tower was never built.[5] The porch in the first bay of the aisle has a niche containing a statue above the doorway. The windows along the sides of the church have two, three or four lights containing Geometric tracery; some are arched, others have flat heads. The west window has four lights, and the east window has five; both contain Perpendicular tracery.[2]

The seven-bay arcade is carried on octagonal piers.[2] The pulpit is carved with images of the Four Evangelists. The font consists of an octagonal tub with no stem, and it has a tall carved cover.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ St Paul, Constable Lee, Church of England, retrieved 30 January 2012
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Paul, Rossendale (1072794)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 January 2012
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 244, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  5. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 554, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9