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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II Listed Building in East, Rochdale

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Latitude: 53.6068 / 53°36'24"N

Longitude: -2.2596 / 2°15'34"W

OS Eastings: 382917

OS Northings: 412282

OS Grid: SD829122

Mapcode National: GBR DVNQ.LS

Mapcode Global: WHB8W.8L7T

Plus Code: 9C5VJP4R+P4

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 9 May 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390505

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490405

Location: Rochdale, BL9

County: Rochdale

Electoral Ward/Division: East

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Bircle St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Church of St John the Baptist


Church. 1845. By George Shaw of Uppermill. Rock-faced ashlar with ashlar dressings and slate roofs with stone-coped gables. Early English style with buttresses and diagonal buttresses with set-offs. Chancel and nave with north vestry and adjacent small north transept. East end has triple lancet with cusped arches. Similar single lancets to sides of chancel and nave. 3-light window to vestry and single lancet to transept with chimney turret between. Gabled south porch and bellcote on west gable which has double lancet below.
INTERIOR. Nave and chancel both have hammer beam roofs rising from stone corbels. Carved angels holding shields on the ends of the hammer beams. Arched braces to collars and 2 tiers of purlins with crossed wind braces between. Panelled wooden reredos and dado panelling in chancel. Choir stalls. Carved pulpit and stone font on clustered columns. Pews in nave. Recent carefully considered partition of west end to form services with meeting room above.
This small church is a relatively early example of ecclesiologically correct Gothic, the exterior simplicity combined with a richer interior being appropriate for its rural site.

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