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Chorley – St Joseph

Harpers Lane, Chorley PR6

A competent design by Matthew Honan, typical of the cheaper kind of church being built around the turn of the 20th century.

The church was established in a part of the expanding industrial town during the early 20th century. Fr Motherway, a curate at Sacred Heart (q.v.) was the first parish priest. The Lady Chapel was fitted out as a memorial to him in 1918 after his death. The sanctuary was extended in 1935.

Of hard red brick with red sandstone dressings. West bellcote, short aisles, polygonal apse. Simple lancet style with a triplet of stepped lancets, west end. Southwest link to a red brick presbytery. The interior has a narthex with a former baptistery, north side, a west gallery, simple arch-braced timber roof and arcades of octagonal stone piers. The sanctuary is panelled to dado height and there is a forward altar and pulpit with  carved  figures,  both  probably  original  and  moved  as  part  of  a  reordering. Chapels have carved Gothic reredoses with statues of the Virgin Mary, north side, and the Sacred Heart, south side.   Stained  glass  is  principally of  early and  mid  20th century date including nave windows and a west window by Hardman. The attached presbytery is a standard domestic design for the period.

Heritage Details

Architect: Matthew Honan

Original Date: 1909

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed