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Report - St John the Evangelist's Church, Crawshawbooth, September 2017


the north
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Date of Explore
September 2017

Video coming in the next few days, be sure to check out my video for Brock Mill here:

The Day
Got a new camera yesterday and really wanted to test it out. Pictures came out fine but the video quality wasn't the best, I don't think I had the right settings on, so we may return to this place in the week to redo the video.

History (from another report)

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 thought access would be way more difficult than it was. There was no outer fence protecting the church so we strolled into it's area and looked for a way around the metal sheets they had put up as it looked formiddable defence. We didn't look for long.

The church was really neat inside, the only other abandoned church I've been to is St Josephs RC in Wigan and it had been stripped of everything. This one was the complete opposite. The architecture inside was beautiful and gave me a really good chance to try out my camera. We managed to find the spiral staircase leading up the bell tower and travelled up the darkest, most claustrophobic passage ever, dodging dead pigeons every few seconds as we made our way to the top. The view was really good and definitely made up for it, although I feel sorry for any man that has to make that journey.

Didn't take as many as usual as I was messing around with the million different modes on the camera. But I'm quite happy with the ones I did take, please leave some feedback :)











Thanks for reading :)


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Was there tonight, very easy explore and inside was amazing not to mention the view from the roof, pictures look amazing by the way