Rossendale Free Press

Church may be turned into home


A175-YEAR-OLD gothic church is set to be converted into a spectacula­r home.

Plans have been submitted for the transforma­tion of Church of St John the Baptist in Shuttlewor­th, near Ramsbottom, into a single four-bed house.

The building occupies a raised position alongside Whalley Road, the A56 Bury to Rawtenstal­l route.

The church was originally designed by Cates between 1845 and 1848 as a school and for use as a space for occasional preaching.

However, on completion, it was altered and extended to the designs of

EH Shellard to become a district church, with the addition of an east aisle and bell tower. Stainedgla­ss windows at the church are believed to be later additions.

The council has the building listed as ‘of special architectu­ral or historic interest’ but St John’s is not a nationally listed building.

A heritage statement on behalf of the applicant, Dominic Apenteng, has been published by Bury Council.

It states: “It is our desire to renovate and rehabilita­te this property, whilst preserving and protecting a building that has served as the hub of the community for many years.

“It has fallen into disrepair in recent times, but this gives a unique opportunit­y for restoratio­n and the creation of a signature

dwelling. To a greater extent, the superstruc­ture of the building will remain as is.

“There will however be a programme of considered enhancemen­ts to facilitate use of the space as a three or four-bedroom dwelling.

“The majority of the existing interior design elements of the church are to be incorporat­ed into the new scheme.

“The removal of some elements is necessitat­ed by significan­t deteriorat­ion or by the presence of invasive dry rot.

“We have to weigh the needs of modern living against the impact on the heritage of the asset.

“Once complete this developmen­t will doubtless breath life back into St John to the benefit of the home-owner and the local community.”

 ?? ?? ●●The Gothic style church of St John the Baptist in Shuttlewor­th, near Ramsbottom
●●The Gothic style church of St John the Baptist in Shuttlewor­th, near Ramsbottom

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