St Peter's Church, Quernmore

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St Peter's Church, Quernmore
St Peter's Church, Quernmore.jpg
St Peter's Church, Quernmore, from the north
St Peter's Church, Quernmore is located in the City of Lancaster district
St Peter's Church, Quernmore
St Peter's Church, Quernmore
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 54°02′12″N 2°44′16″W / 54.0366°N 2.7377°W / 54.0366; -2.7377
OS grid reference SD 518,603
Location Quernmore, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Quernmore
Founder(s) William Garnett
Dedication Saint Peter
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 7 March 1985
Architect(s) E. G. Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1860
Materials Sandstone rubble, slate roof
Parish St Mark, Dolphinholme
Deanery Lancaster and Morecambe
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Cindy Rigney

St Peter's Church is in the village of Quernmore, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with those of St Mark, Dolphinholme, and Christ Church, Over Wyresdale.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2] It stands in a relatively isolated position about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the village and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the east of the city of Lancaster.[1][3]


The church was built in 1860 to replace a chapel of 1834 that had been designed by W. Coulthard. The new church was designed by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley. More land had been given to double the size of the site by W. G. Bradley.[4] The church was paid for by William Garnett, the owner of nearby Quernmore Park Hall.[5] It cost about £3,000 (equivalent to £250,000 in 2015),[6] and provided seating for 320 people.[4]



St Peter's is constructed in sandstone rubble and has a slate roof. Its plan consists of a three-bay nave, a north aisle, a north porch, a chancel, and a west tower.[2] The architectural style is that of the 13th century.[5] The tower is in three stages which are separated by moulded string courses. It is supported by diagonal buttresses, and at the northeast corner is an octagonal stair turret rising to a greater height than the tower. The bottom stage contains a two-light window, and in the middle stage are trefoil windows. The bell openings in the top stage have two lights. At the top of the tower is a corbel table above which is a solid parapet with lancet openings. Along the south wall are three two-light windows, and there are two similar windows on the north aisle wall. The east window has three lights, and at the east end of the aisle is a wheel window.[2]


The interior of the church is lined with brick and the dressings are in sandstone.[2] It is the first church designed by Paley with a bare brick interior.[7] The three-bay north arcade is carried on quatrefoil piers whose capitals are decorated with foliage carving.[2][5] The pulpit is in the style of the 16th century and is decorated with linenfold panelling. It was made by Bell and Coupland. The stained glass in the east window is by Powell, and that in the tower window is by F. Burrow. Elsewhere is stained glass by Shrigley and Hunt, and by E. Jewitt. In a chapel at the northeast of the church is a chapel with items designed by John Hayward in 1959. These include a reredos, and stained glass, that in the north window depicting the Deposition, and in the east window the glass in the wheel window is decorated with a monogram and rays.[5] The two-manual organ was built in 1961 by Henry Willis,[8] and was modified in 1964 by the same builders.[9]

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  1. ^ a b St Peter, Quernmore, Church of England, retrieved 1 June 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Quernmore (1362497)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 June 2012 
  3. ^ Quernmore, Streetmap, retrieved 1 June 2011 
  4. ^ a b Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 219.
  5. ^ a b c d Hartwell & Pevsner 2009, pp. 551–552.
  6. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  7. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 62.
  8. ^ Lancashire, Quernmore, St. Peter (N01615), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 1 June 2011 
  9. ^ Lancashire, Quernmore, St. Peter (N01616), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 1 June 2011