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1845 Built by Sir James Kay Shuttleworth of Gawthorpe Hall and John & James Dugdale of Lowerhouse at a cost of £5,200.
1849 Foundation stone was consecrated by the bishop of Manchester.
1885 Graveyard closed.

Inside the church there are two screens, one has written on it “Lowerhouse” whilst the other “Gawthorpe Hall”. These would define the two areas where the servants from those houses sat during church services. It is interesting to note that the screen on the south side of the church was designated to the Dugdale family from “Lowerhouse” and the screen to the North side the “Shuttleworths” from “Gawthorpe Hall”.

The first Vicar Rev. Edward Arundel Verity was a lively character and disliked by most of the parishioners. He used strong inappropriate language and his parishioners accused him of being “rude”. Things got worse when a silver communion set purchased by the Dugdales disappeared. Legal action followed and he admitted selling it for scrap and keeping the profits. There is an entry at the bottom of Page 129 of the burials register for 1870 stating that “On Whitsunday June 5th the Communion Silver Service was stolen from this Church and not returned”, in E. A. Verity’s handwriting! A few years later another misdemeanour this time he was accused of digging up two bodies from the graveyard, however he was cleared of all involvement.

Jan 1856 he sailed to the Crimea as chaplain to the army. When he returned at the end of the year he found his curate conspiring with Sir James Kay Shuttleworth and James Dugdale to deprive him of his living, he defeats them. His wife, Jane Isabella died in May 1857 at Latham, he remarried Jane Bibby 23 Nov 1858 In 1859 he dismissed Sexton Watson for neglect and John Sutcliffe, clerk for disobedience. Edward Verity served as Incumbent for 44 years until 1893.

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