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.
Architect: Unknown with additions of 1958 and 1963 by J.W. Tate
Original Date: 1922
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed