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Great Britain St John the Evangelist Church - Crawshawbooth - Dec 19

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St John the Evangelist Church

Recently, we've been spending a lot of time photographing some spots round the area close to this church so it would have been rude to not pop in and take some snaps despite not getting round to it years ago when we still exploring.

History (from many of the reports for this spot):
St John the Evangelist's Church is in the village of Crawshawbooth, near Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. It is aredundant Anglican parish church formerly in the deanery of Rossendale, the archdeaconry of Bolton, and the diocese of Manchester. Its benefice has been united with that of St Mary and All Saints, Goodshaw. The church is recorded in theNational Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. St John's was built between 1890 and 1892 to a design by the Lancaster architects Paley, Austin and Paley. The estimated cost of the church was £6,800 but, because of problems with the foundations, its final cost, including the fittings, was nearer to £12,000 (£1,170,000 in 2016). It provided seating for 616 people. Financial donations towards the site and structure of the church were made by Thomas Brooks, 1st Baron Crawshaw of Crawshaw Hall. Because of diminishing numbers attending the church, and because of thefts of lead from the roof of the church, the congregation has decided to opt for the church to be declared redundant. The church was declared redundant on 20 February 2012.

The Explore:
We almost missed the entrance after doing a few runs round the building before spotting our access point. As you may imagine it was a calm and peaceful explore allowing us to spend plenty of time shooting what we wanted. We obviously wanted to climb the bell tower to the roof but the stairs became too full with twigs that birds had brought in so being a few spirals from the top we decided enough was enough and headed back down which was a shame, but it didn't ruin finally seeing this place for ourselves.


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Top end of the main church hall.

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The place had really started to decay in some parts which added to it quite nicely.

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Quick snap just before heading down the bell tower.

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We have just released our video take on the church adding a few extra unseen parts and extra narration of our time exploring. Feel free to watch below :)


Thanks for looking!
 
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Great photos! It's a stunning church. Nice to see this one pop up again, heard it was sealed tight for a while.
Thanks! Think it was. Wasn’t hard to get access but wasn’t easy to spot either. They’d attempted to seal relatively recently by the looks of things.
 

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St John the Evangelist Church

Recently, we've been spending a lot of time photographing some spots round the area close to this church so it would have been rude to not pop in and take some snaps despite not getting round to it years ago when we still exploring.

History (from many of the reports for this spot):
St John the Evangelist's Church is in the village of Crawshawbooth, near Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. It is aredundant Anglican parish church formerly in the deanery of Rossendale, the archdeaconry of Bolton, and the diocese of Manchester. Its benefice has been united with that of St Mary and All Saints, Goodshaw. The church is recorded in theNational Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. St John's was built between 1890 and 1892 to a design by the Lancaster architects Paley, Austin and Paley. The estimated cost of the church was £6,800 but, because of problems with the foundations, its final cost, including the fittings, was nearer to £12,000 (£1,170,000 in 2016). It provided seating for 616 people. Financial donations towards the site and structure of the church were made by Thomas Brooks, 1st Baron Crawshaw of Crawshaw Hall. Because of diminishing numbers attending the church, and because of thefts of lead from the roof of the church, the congregation has decided to opt for the church to be declared redundant. The church was declared redundant on 20 February 2012.

The Explore:
We almost missed the entrance after doing a few runs round the building before spotting our access point. As you may imagine it was a calm and peaceful explore allowing us to spend plenty of time shooting what we wanted. We obviously wanted to climb the bell tower to the roof but the stairs became too full with twigs that birds had brought in so being a few spirals from the top we decided enough was enough and headed back down which was a shame, but it didn't ruin finally seeing this place for ourselves.


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Top end of the main church hall.

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The place had really started to decay in some parts which added to it quite nicely.

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Quick snap just before heading down the bell tower.

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We have just released our video take on the church adding a few extra unseen parts and extra narration of our time exploring. Feel free to watch below :)


Thanks for looking!

Nice vid guys, I had 2 fails here
 
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Cheers, thanks for checking it out. Shame you didn’t get out. Still open now I’m pretty sure
 

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Its interesting to see the advanced decay in here now. Makes for some interesting shots for sure.
 

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Wow that's epic. I don't remember seeing it pop up before. Nice one
 

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Visited several times to find it sealed up, my mum's place is really close. Guess I need to look a little harder, I seem to be jinxed when it comes to churches!
 

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https://steemit.com/travelfeed/@slobberchops/urban-exploration-the-ones-that-got-away

Try it now..... it's one single link. STEEM has a blogging platform. I write all my Urbex stuff on there. There's a piece about this church in this one.
Ah yeah I just realised it was typed out wrong. The steemit homepage doesn't look very 'UE'! Cheers for clarifying
 
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