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Earby – St Patrick

Salterforth Road, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire

A modest and conservative stone-built church of the 1920s.

Mass at Earby was celebrated from Broughton in 1901. In 1907 it was served from Barnoldswick but reverted to Broughton in 1925. The foundation stone of the church, a chapel-of-ease to Broughton, was laid by the Bishop of Leeds on 9 April 1928.


The church has the altar facing west but in this section all references will be to conventional orientation, i.e. as if the church faced east.

The church comprises a single gabled rectangle of nave and sanctuary, a northwest lean-to porch and a gabled sacristy at the northeast corner. It is built of rock-faced sandstone in small squared blocks, with stone coped gables and Welsh slate roofs. Gothic style. The gabled west front has a centre buttress with single tall lancets set close on either side. Foundation stone at the base of the buttress. Outer buttresses. The east wall is blind. The south wall has eleven tall narrow windows, mostly grouped in pairs, with four-centred heads with cusped trefoils set in. Four similar windows on the north side. The lean-to porch has a recessed entrance to the west under a shouldered arch and a single rectangular window to the north. Further door and a small window on the east side. The sacristy is a broad building under a shallow gable with an external chimney stack and plain windows of domestic character. A further, small, lean-to between the sacristy and the porch.

The interior has plastered walls and a boarded roof with scissor trusses with small hammer beams on stone corbels. No division between nave and sanctuary. The sanctuary has a painted panelled altar. Painted backdrop and baldacchino with decorative valance. Small wooden font with an octagonal bowl supported on a cluster of four shafts. Plain open-backed pews.

Heritage Details

Architect: Charles Simpson

Original Date: 1928

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed