St Peter's Church, Mawdesley

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St Peter's Church, Mawdesley
St Peter's Church, Mawdesley.jpg
St Peter's Church, Mawdesley, from the west
St Peter's Church, Mawdesley is located in the Borough of Chorley
St Peter's Church, Mawdesley
St Peter's Church, Mawdesley
Location in the Borough of Chorley
Coordinates: 53°37′25″N 2°46′24″W / 53.6236°N 2.7732°W / 53.6236; -2.7732
OS grid reference SD 489,143
Location Church Lane, Mawdesley, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter Mawdesley
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 30 January 1987
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe, Peter Balmer,
Richard Knill Freeman
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1839
Completed 1892
Materials Sandstone, slate roof
Parish St Peter, Mawdesley
Deanery Chorley
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Rector Revd David J. Reynolds
Reader(s) Bill O'Neill, Derek Swann,
John Raynor, Mrs Janet Maggs
Organist(s) Mrs Margaret Smith
Churchwarden(s) Brian Kay, Bob Gordon

St Peter's Church is in High Street in the village of Mawdesley, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Chorley, the archdeaconry of Blackburn, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


St Peter's was designed in 1838, and built in 1839–40 to a design by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe. Its estimated cost in 1839 was £950 (equivalent to £80,000 in 2016).[3] The land was given by Sir Thomas D. Hesketh. When first built, the church had seating for 400 people.[4] The chancel was added in 1878–79 by Peter Balmer, an architect from Ormskirk, and in 1892 the church was restored by Richard Knill Freeman.[5]


The church is constructed in sandstone with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave, a chancel, and a slender west tower that is partly embraced by the nave. The westernmost bay of the nave on the north side is gabled and contains lancet windows; its counterpart on the south has an arched doorway. The other bays are separated by buttresses and each contains a tall square-headed two-light window. The east window has five lights and is in Perpendicular style. The tower has diagonal buttresses. Its first stage is tall and originally had open arches on each side; these have been filled in and incorporate windows and a west door. Above is a single-light louvred bell-opening on each face, then a stepped parapet with crocketted pinnacles. It is surmounted by a slender octagonal spire. Inside the church is a west gallery supported by two cast iron columns.[2] The organ was built in about 1900 by Wilkinson and Son of Kendal.[6] The church is similar in design to the nearby Church of St John the Baptist, Bretherton designed by Sharpe at about the same time.[2][5]

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The churchyard contains the war graves of three soldiers of World War I, and an airman of World War II.[7]

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  1. ^ St Peter, Mawdesley w Bispham, Church of England, retrieved 9 April 2010
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Mawdesley (1072501)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 May 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 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 211, 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. 449, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
  6. ^ Lancashire, Mawdesley – St Peter, British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 9 April 2010
  7. ^ MAWDESLEY (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 15 February 2013