St Peter's Church, Darwen

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St Peter's Church, Darwen
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St Peter's Church, Darwen, from the southwest
St Peter's Church, Darwen is located in Blackburn with Darwen
St Peter's Church, Darwen
St Peter's Church, Darwen
Location in Blackburn with Darwen
Coordinates: 53°41′44″N 2°27′52″W / 53.6955°N 2.4645°W / 53.6955; -2.4645
OS grid reference SD 694,222
Location Bank Street, Darwen, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Liberal Catholic
Website St Peter, Darwen
Former name(s) Holy Trinity, Darwen
Founded 19 July 1827
Dedication Saint Peter
Consecrated 13 September 1829
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation II*
Designated 27 September 1984
Architect(s) Thomas Rickman and
Henry Hutchinson
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1827
Completed 1829
Construction cost £6,786
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish St Peter, Darwen
Deanery Blackburn with Darwen
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Reverend Canon Fleur Green
Curate(s) Reverend David Stephenson
Reader(s) Janet Upton
Churchwarden(s) Douglas Hargreaves, Phil Leather
Flower guild Brenda Wheatley
Parish administrator Anne Carus

St Peter's Church (formerly Holy Trinity Church) is in Bank Street, Darwen, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Blackburn with Darwen, 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] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


The church was built between 1827 and 1829 to a design by Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson.[4] A grant of £5,501 (equivalent to £440,000 in 2016)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[3] The total cost of building the church was £6,786 (equivalent to £550,000 in 2016).[4] The foundation stone was laid on 19 July 1827, and the church was consecrated on 13 September 1829. The original dedication was to the Holy Trinity, but this was changed to St Peter in 1972, when its parish was merged with two other parishes.[6]



St Peter's is constructed in sandstone with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a seven-bay nave and apsidal sanctuary in one cell with a clerestory, north and south aisles, north and south porches, a north vestry, and a west tower. Its architectural style is Perpendicular. The tower is in three stages, with buttresses, and a stair turret at the northwest corner. It has a west doorway, above which is a cinquefoil window. In the top stage are five-light louvred bell openings. The parapet is battlemented with eight flat-topped pinnacles. Along the sides of the church is a plain parapet. The windows in the clerestory have flat heads and three-lights with cinquefoil heads. Along the sides of the aisles are buttresses and transomed two-light windows with cinquefoil heads containing Perpendicular tracery. In the second bay on each side is a porch with an embattled gable. The apse contains three windows similar to those on the sides of the aisles.[2]


Inside the church are seven-bay Perpendicular-style arcades carried on slim piers, and galleries on three sides. The west end has been partitioned under the gallery.[2] The alabaster reredos dates from 1923 and is a memorial to the First World War. The stained glass in the central east window is by Shrigley and Hunt and dates from 1896. There is also a window by J. Holmes dating from the later part of the 19th century.[4] The three-manual organ was built in 1887 by Jardine. It was cleaned and overhauled in 1910 by Norman and Beard. In 1934 it was rebuilt by Binns, Fitton and Haley.[7] There is a ring of six bells, all cast in 1831 by William Dobson.[8]

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  1. ^ St Peter, Darwen, Church of England, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Blackburn with Darwen (1163042)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  3. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818–1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 327, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  4. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 268, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  5. ^ UK Consumer 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 November 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ Griffin, John (2008), Holy Trinity Church now the Parish Church of St Peter, Darwen (PDF) 
  7. ^ Lancashire, Darwen, St. Peter (formerly Holy Trinity), Church St (N10987), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 19 December 2011 
  8. ^ Darwen, S Peter (formerly Holy Trinity), Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 19 December 2011 

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