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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).


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


Original Date: 1856

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: II