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Alston Lane – Our Lady and St Michael

Alston Lane, Longridge PR3 3BJ.

A compact and complete example of the kind of small parish church design advocated by Pugin, by architects of national standing, with good stained glass attributed to Hardman.

A church was founded at Alston Lane in 1765. The present building dates from 1856. The attached presbytery was added by Fr Walton (after 1874).

List description


Roman Catholic Church, 1856 by I. & C. Hansom (Pevsner). Rock-faced sandstone with steep slate roof. Comprises a seven-bay nave and one-bay chancel with continuous steep slate roof. The bays are separated by buttresses with offsets. The nave windows are of 2 pointed lights with a quatrefoil over. The chancel is lit by 2 narrow windows with cusped lights and a trefoil. The entrance is in the 6th bay from the east, through a doorway with moulded surround and 2-centred head. In the east wall is a window with geometrical tracery. The west wall has diagonal buttresses, with a central buttress with offsets partly supporting an open octagonal bellcote on a square base with an octagonal pointed stone cap. Inside there is a west gallery of pitch pine with organ, a chancel arch of 2 chamfered orders, a carved stone reredos, and an open timber roof with very slender scissor-braced trusses. The glass in the east window is said to be by Hardman (Pevsner).

Listing NGR: SD5972234885

Heritage Details

Architect: I. and C. Hansom

Original Date: 1856

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Grade II