Church of St John the Baptist, Pilling, Lancashire

Address: School Lane, Pilling, Lancaster, Lancashire, PR3 6HD
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A remote coastal church

This remote coastal church might look simple and unassuming from the outside, but it has a stunning unspoiled Georgian 'preaching box’ interior.

Large windows illuminate the wonderful wood furnishings with the cool, watery light of the surrounding marshland.

Outside is the grave of Reverend G. Potter. He was a prizefighter, and was said to have fought thrice and preached twice one Sunday.

The new St John the Baptist church, built in 1887, stands 100 metres away.

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Road directions

10 miles south west of Lancaster off A588; pass a windmill on the left, cross the bridge, past the Golden Ball pub and the new St John's church; turn right onto the road next to the former Ship Inn

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Poulton-le-Fylde (6.4 miles)

OS Reference No.

SD 403 485

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Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

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This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (26 Jun 2011, 21:05)

    This is a lovely little church - a hidden gem. very light and airy with original pews. Veyr atmospheric inside.

  2. Amy (21 May 2013, 14:50)

    How do I find where someone is buried here?

  3. Jane (26 May 2014, 17:57)

    I came here to see where my great, great, great grandfather was baptised in 1757. The church is in a lovely setting and the interior is probably, apart from the later addition of the galleries, more or less just as it was when he was born. I was also fortunate to find the burial place of a Thomas Richmond who is quite possibly his father. I agree with your visitor who says it is 'a hidden gem'. It certainly is - and well worth a visit.

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Church of St John the Baptist, Pilling, Lancashire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are steps up to the churchyard and into the church. Narrow aisles may make wheelchair access difficult.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.