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St Mary's, Church Rawtenstall
St Mary's Parish Church
St Mary's Parish Church
Queens Square, Rawtenstall

The beginning

The foundation stone was laid on 7th March 1836 by Mrs. Hoyle and on Good Friday, 1st April, the Corner Stone was laid by Master Henry Hoyle in the presence of 300 people. By January 1838 the Church was sufficiently complete to be used for public services, but it was not formally opened until Thursday 15th March. On 20th September the same year the new Church was consecrated by the Bishop of Chester, and shortly afterwards the Rev. William Whitworth was inducted as the first Vicar.


In 1853, at the cost of £120. a clock (not the present one) was placed in the Church Tower. In 1854 the Church was to small to accommodate the number of inhabitants wishing to attend and £300 was collected by subscription for the erection of the side galleries.

In 1880 it was resolved that the clock tower, then at the west end of the Church be taken down and re-erected on the south side of the Church allowing the Church to be extended westward, and that part of the north gallery be cut away to allow installation of a new organ. The organ installation was completed in April 1883 and the clock tower in September 1888.

The Parish Registers of St Mary's Church

The following Parish registers are in the Diocese Archives at Manchester Central Library and on microfilm at Rawtenstall Library.

Baptisms 1838 - 1872
Marriages 1842 - 1877
Burials 1838 - 1874
All other registers are still with the incumbent.

The Vicars of St Mary's

 Rev. William Whitworth 1838-1847 
 Rev. Henry Howarth 1847-1869 
 Rev. William Whitworth 1869-1878 
 Rev. James Morris 1879-1894 
 Rev. Percy A. Derry 1894-1898 
 Rev. Douglas S. Johnson 1898-1905 
 Rev. W. H. Finney 1905-1913 
 Rev. F. W. Argyle 1913-1923 
 Rev. T. Hunter 1923-1934 
 Rev. A. G. Lee 1935-1946 
 Rev. J. Coates 1947-1952 
 Rev. H. K. Turner 1952-1961 
 Rev. P. N. Downham 1962-1968 
 Rev. Peter Barrett 1968-1983 
 Rev. John Samuel Read 1983-1991 
 Rev. David Parkin 1991-2007 
 Rev. Martin R. Short  2007   
St Mary's Parish Church, Rawtenstall
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War Memorial

Roll of Honour