Old Langho Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A new church was built to serve the growing population, leaving the Old Church to dwindle into disuse and decay. As for the Old Church of St Leonard, it was built in 1557, using stones from the dissolved abbey at Whalley.
The date of construction is unusual in itself, for very few churches were built in England in the years immediately following the Reformation and the start of the Elizabethan era. The building is of sandstone blocks beneath a slate roof. It is a very simple building, with just a nave and continuous chancel, south porch, and a Victorian north vestry.
The interior stonework is very well crafted and includes a piscina, font, windows, and carvings. The high quality of the carving suggests that most of these pieces were salvaged from the ruins of Whalley Abbey and simply reinstalled here. This may include the timber roof and bits of medieval stained glass in the chancel.
Something that did not come from the abbey are the Jacobean benches, which feature some extremely good carvings on the bench ends, which include the date of construction and initials.
Langho Old Church is not in regular use for worship and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Old Langho Church
Address: Old Langho Road, Old Langho, Lancashire, England, BB6 8AW
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 6 miles north east of Blackburn
Website: Old Langho Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Alexander P Kapp, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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