Building record MDR4261 - St John the Baptist's Church, Main Road, Bamford

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A church that was built in 1856-60 by William Butterfield. It is built of coursed squared gritstone, with ashlar dressings and an ashlar spire. It has a Welsh slate roof, with stone coped gables. There is a nave with a north aisle, chancel, west narthex and a north west steeple. There is an unbuttressed tower of two unequal stages. The ground stage has a west door with two chamfered orders, which lie into the imposts and act as a porch. Shallow, gableted buttresses at the angles rise only about ten feet. The bell stage has three-light cusped bell openings set in recessed panels. There are recessed quatrefoil motifs at the angles, and a pyramid spire rising directly from the edges of the tower. The lean-to narthex has lancet windows with Caernarvon arches. There is a rose window above with geometrical style tracery, set in a pointed arch and flanked by small rectangular openings. Windows on the south side are of two and three-lights, with geometrical tracery of unusual design. The north side has groups of trefoiled lancets. The interior has a four bay north arcade, with alternate circular and octagonal piers and bold single chamfered arches. The canted roof has tie beams, boarded in above and pierced by pairs of quatrefoils. There is a pulpit with a stone base and a wooden upper part, and a wood and wrought iron communion rail. The church has low, simple pews. There is a tapering circular font with arcading. All the fittings were by Butterfield. The stained glass in the east window is of 1860 by Preedy. South western-most window and west rose window are probably also by Preedy. Other windows have non-pictorial glass. (1)

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  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. Ref: 82470.



Grid reference Centred SK 2076 8337 (29m by 14m) (Centre)

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Apr 1 2015 2:28PM

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