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St John the Evangelist, Bacup
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Two hundred and forty six years after the foundation of All Saints Church Goodshaw, the 3rd Episcopal Chapel in Rossendale was built in 1788 on land given by John Whitaker Esq. of Broadclough on what is now known as Burnley Road. It was consecrated 16 August 1788 by Rev. William Cleaver, Lord Bishop of Chester. Prior to this Bacup residents had to travel to St Nicholas at Newchurch or St Chads in Rochdale.

Bacup was a Consolidated Chapelry in 1837 from whence marriages could take place. There were 7,000 interments in the churchyard up to its closure in 1863. This could have contributed to the church building collapsing in 1871, when services had to be held in the Sunday School. A subscription was set up in 1877 and a new church completed in 1883 at a cost of £15,000.

Incumbents of St John the Evangelist

Rev. Joseph Ogden1788 - 1794
Rev. William Porter1796 - 1839
Rev. Ebenezer Brown Allen1839 - 1849
Rev. Benjamin Tweedle1850 - 1858
Rev. J. F. Brindle1858 - 1877
Rev. Arthur Phillips1877 - 1909
Rev. Vickers English1910 - 1929
Rev. Arnold Rankilor1930 - 1947
Rev. Eric Lindsay Forster1947 - 1952
Rev. C. C. W. Airne1953 - 1958

Parish Registers at Manchester Archives

Baptisms1788 - 1838MFPR 124
Baptisms1838 - 1950MFPR 1190
Baptisms1950 - 1989Archives L102
Burials1788 - 1853MFPR 124
Burials1853 - 1927Archives L102
Marriages1838 - 1906MFPR 1191
Marriages1906 - 1930Archives L102
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