St Saviour's Church, Cuerden

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St Saviour's Church, Cuerden
St Saviours, Church Road, BB.JPG
St Saviour's Church, Cuerden, from the north
St Saviour's Church, Cuerden is located in the Borough of South Ribble
St Saviour's Church, Cuerden
St Saviour's Church, Cuerden
Location in the Borough of South Ribble
Coordinates: 53°43′11″N 2°39′36″W / 53.7197°N 2.6600°W / 53.7197; -2.6600
OS grid reference SD 565,250
Location Cuerden, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Saviour, Cuerden
Founded 28 July 1836
Consecrated 3 October 1837
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 27 February 1984
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe, T. H. Myres
Architectural type Church
Style Romanesque Revival
Groundbreaking 1836
Completed 1886
Materials Sandstone, slate roof with red ridge tiles
Parish St Saviour, Bamber Bridge
Deanery Leyland
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Priest(s) Revd Graham Halsall
Reader(s) D. J. Lord
Churchwarden(s) P. J. Boyd, D. R. Pearson

St Saviour's Church is in the village of Cuerden, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Leyland, 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]


The church was built in 1836–37 to a Romanesque design by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe.[3] It was one of Sharpe's first commissions and one of his early churches in Romanesque style.[4] The plan for the church was signed on 9 May 1836 by Sharpe, its estimated cost being £1,360 (equivalent to £120,000 in 2015).[5][6] The church was paid for mainly by public subscription. The foundation stone was laid on 28 July 1836 by Robert Townley Parker of Cuerdon Hall, who gave the land for the church.[7] Townley Parker also gave £200 towards the cost of the church. As first built, it contained 450 seats.[6] It was consecrated on 3 October 1837 by the Bishop of Chester.[7] In 1886, the chancel and transepts were added in a similar style by Thomas Harrison Myres.[3] The foundation stone for this extension was laid on 17 July 1886, and the church was re-consecrated on 10 February 1887 by the Bishop of Manchester.[7]


St Saviour's is constructed in local sandstone, with a Welsh slate roof and red ridge tiles.[2][7] Its plan consists of a five-bay nave with transepts, and a chancel with a semicircular apse. At the west end is a tower consisting of a two-stage square base, a two-stage octagonal drum and a spire. Internally is a gallery supported on cast iron columns, decorated with the Royal coat of arms. On the walls are monuments to the Townley Parker family. The font dates from the early 20th century and consists of an octagonal bowl supported by angels and a bronze cover with a figure of St John the Baptist.[2][3] The two-manual organ was built in 1889 by Alexander Young.[8]

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  1. ^ St Saviour, Bamber Bridge, Church of England, retrieved 15 March 2010 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Saviour, Bamber Bridge (1074104)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 May 2012 
  3. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 96, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  4. ^ Price, James (1998), Sharpe, Paley and Austin: A Lancaster Architectural Practice 1836–1942, Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies, pp. 41, 67, ISBN 1-86220-054-8 
  5. ^ 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)",
  6. ^ a b Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, pp. 19–21, 210, 223, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  7. ^ a b c d Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes, pp. 116, 121 
  8. ^ Lancashire, Bamber Bridge, St. Saviour (S00037), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 25 July 2011