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Eccleston – St Agnes

The Green, Eccleston, Chorley PR7

A church of modest architectural ambitions, and is notable above all for its old-fashioned design (the medievalising tower dates from the time of the Second Vatican Council).

Eccleston is an ancient settlement but this part of the village grew up in association with 19th  and 20th  century industry which swelled the population. The church was built in 1922-3 and extended in 1958 and 1963.

St Agnes consists of a nave said to be of 1922-3 executed in uncoursed squared masonry with very simple lancet windows. A shallow apse of brick and other minor additions date from 1958. The tower (1963) is built of yellow masonry, offset on the south-west  end  of  the  building.  It  is  of  traditional  design  with  lancet  windows, stepped buttresses and a crenellated parapet. The interior is executed in very traditional manner with an open timber roof. A baptistery beneath the tower is lined to dado height with plain mosaic. Furnishings include an altar and reading desk of finely finished red stone probably of 20th or 21st century date. There is a set of stained glass  by  Hardman,  probably  all  of  1920s  date.  The  presbytery  is  a  brick  house probably dating from the 1920s.

Heritage Details

Architect: Unknown with additions of 1958 and 1963 by J.W. Tate

Original Date: 1922

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed