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Author:  Mel [ Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:46 am ]
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Copies of Parish Records can be found at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston
C 1835-1960, M 1843-1977, Bur 1835-1879

Author:  Mel [ Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:29 pm ]
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Does anyone know when the church opened? Was it 1835 as the dates above suggest?

Author:  Joan [ Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:16 pm ]
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Mel, I have a booklet, Worsthorne Church and the Thursbys, A History of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Worsthorne, by Leslie Chapples, which a kind correspondent sent to me a few years ago. The church was consecrated on September 20, 1835, and the new parish of Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood was formed.

The architect for the new church was Mr. William Vulliamy and the builder was Richard Chaffer. (The Chaffer family is a connection with my Dent line but I haven't researched them yet.) The church was completed within twelve months.

The foundation stone was laid on September 11, 1834, and an account is given in the booklet:

"It was a very important day in the village's history. A procession was formed at the National School, Burnley, comprising clergy, churchwardens, local dignitaries, local societies and lodges of Burnley, along with banners, and two bands accompanied the procession, which also had a contingent from the Burnley National School. The procession was marshalled by the Burnley constable, Thomas Chaffer. On its arrival at Worsthorne, the parade was joined by the children of the village National School, and the procession moved slowly to the site of the proposed church to the strains of 'Adeste Fideles'.

"After the procession had formed into an assembly, the Rev. William Thursby stepped forward to perform the ceremony. Coins of the realm were deposited in the stone and a commemorative brass plate inserted, with the following inscription: 'Laid on the 11th of September, 1834, in the fifth year of King William IV, by William Thursby, M.A., of Ormerod House, the Rev. R.M. Master, M.A., incumbent of Burnley, John Veevers, churchwarden, of Burnley, John Higgin, churchwarden, of Worsthorne, Wm. Vulliamy, architect, Richard Chaffer, builder.' Then followed the hymn, ' This stone to Thee in faith we lay,' and the Rev. R.M. Master offered a prayer."

September 11 was a Thursday that year. I wonder if people had "time off" to take part in the proceedings. I like to think some of my ancestors were there.

There is also an account of the formation of the day school.

"On October 31st, 1831, a day school catering for 74 scholars was opened in the village on the site of what is now the post office and reading rooms and this school was the original venue of Church of England worship in Worsthorne."

Hope this doesn't violate copyright.

I've just spent an hour shovelling mountains of snow, or so it seems, under a brilliant blue sky and sunshine, and am taking a well earned break at the computer. More shovelling later.


Author:  Mel [ Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:23 pm ]
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Thanks Joan.

It's quite a pleasant spring type day here.

Author:  Mel [ Wed May 28, 2008 7:48 am ]
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We have quite a few gravestones for St Johns.


Author:  Mel [ Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:03 am ]
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Manchester Times

Friday 21 April 1893

The unpleasantness which has existed at Worsthorne, near Burnley, for some time, owing to the strained relations between the Vicar and the parishioners respecting the management of the day schools, has now come to a termination, as the Rev. J.T.Atkinson has resigned the living and been appointed Rector of Thornbury, Herefordshire.

Author:  Mel [ Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:11 am ]
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Preston Chronicle

20 September 1834

St John's Church, Worsthorn

The first stone of this edifice, one of the two for the erection of which zealous exertions have lately been made in Burnley, and the neighbourhood, was laid on Thursday week, by the Rev. Wm. Thursby, M.A., of Ormerod House. The day was fine, and was ushered in by the ringing of bells, and other tokens of rejoicing. Soon after one o'clock, a procession was formed at the National School, Burnley, composed of the clergy and gentry of the neighbourhood, the churchwardens, the builders, the Odd Fellows, and other societies, headed by a band, -and brought up in the read by twenty-five children of the National School. The whole, interspersed with flags and banners, had an exhilirating effect, as they marched to the site of the intended church, which is nearly in the centre of the village, surrounded by several picturesque old mansions, and shaded by two fine ashes. After a hymn had been sung, the stone was duly laid, with, as usual, the coins of the reigning sovereign, and a brass plate, recording the date, and the names of the parties concerned. A prayer was then offered up by the Rev. R. M. Master, the incumbent of Burnley. The Rev. W. Thursby then addressed the assembly in an eloquent and powerful speech, in the course of which he paid a high compliment to the late Col. Hargreaves, (his lamented father-in-law,) who, during his life, gave £200 to the building of the church, and who, had he lived, intended to have endowed it with £1,000, for securing to the village the benefit of a resident minister. This his intention (added the rev. gentleman) he did not live to fulfil, but it would be faithfully fulfilled by those who had succeeded to his property, and as their representative, he (Mr. Thursby) assured them they would feel a melancholy satisfaction "in carrying into execution all the charitable intentions of their late parent, and this in particular." The 100th Psalm was then sung, and the national anthem concluded the solemnities of the occasion. The procession returned to Burnley, and broke uo after partaking of some refreshments in front of Bank Hall. By the kind attention of its owners the children of the Worsthorn Schools, 300 in number, with many of their friends, were regaled with buns and coffee immediately after the ceremony, and the societies, and other parties who took a share in the proceedings, were hospitably entertained in the evening. There is, we believe, but one other instance of the performance of such a ceremony within the extensive and populous parish of Whalley, since the reign of King Henry the eight, a sufficient proof that the exertions made for the accomplishment of this good work had been long and urgently needed.

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