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Church of St Laurence

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chorley, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.6547 / 53°39'16"N

Longitude: -2.6324 / 2°37'56"W

OS Eastings: 358298

OS Northings: 417765

OS Grid: SD582177

Mapcode National: GBR BV15.WM

Mapcode Global: WH97C.JDPK

Plus Code: 9C5VM939+V2

Entry Name: Church of St Laurence

Listing Date: 21 December 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1072631

English Heritage Legacy ID: 357549

Location: Chorley, Lancashire, PR7

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Chorley South East

Built-Up Area: Chorley

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Chorley St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


10/34 Church of St. Laurence

Church, substantially 1859-61 and 1913-14 in Perpendicular style, with
late medieval tower. Stone with slate roofs. West tower, nave with north
and south aisles under separate roofs of equal height, chancel and
separately roofed chapel with a transept. Battlemented tower of 3 stages
has diagonal west buttresses each with 3 carved boars heads at 1st stage
and cusped niche at 2nd stage; between these buttresses on 1st floor
dripmould with various figured bosses in the casement (3 faces, 2 animal
heads, flowers), a west doorway (probably C20) and a C19 4-light west
window with curvilinear tracery and a rose in the head; 3rd stage has an
arched 2-light belfry louvre with hoodmould in each side, above which the
north and south sides have prominent gargoyles; slightly-projecting stair
turret on south side. Old sanctus bellcote. North and south aisles are
buttressed and battlemented with prominent gargoyles; north aisle has
large arched west window with 5 trefoil-headed lights with intersecting
and Perpendicular tracery in the head, a gabled north doorway with
heavily moulded multifoil arch, and in the 4th bay a prominent canted bay,
battlemented with buttresses terminating in tall crocketed pinnacles;
south aisle has a 4-light west window, and in the 1st bay a gabled entrance
porch with moulded arch, a gable parapet pierced by quatrefoils, and a
foliated apex finial. On nave wall over porch is large round sundial with
the upper half lettered parallel with the circumference:


The chancel and the south chapel with its transept are in similar style,
but lower. Interior: 4-bay nave arcade of octagonal columns with
moulded caps and 2-centred arches linking 3 parallel vessels; nave has
arch braced kingpost roof with cusped windbraces; south aisle contains
relocated box pews of Standish family (c.1600, with elaborately carved
twin thrones) and of Charnock family (C18, with deep canopy carried on
twisted and barley-sugar posts); in chancel are various C18 and C19 wall
tablets, principally of Standish family, and a glazed recess or reliquary
containing old bones (reputedly relics of St. Laurence).

Listing NGR: SD5829817765

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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