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Historic Churches in Ribble Valley

St Mary's Church Gisburn


Within this church there are varying styles of medieval architecture which blend to give it unique characteristics. Remains of Norman architecture exist in the tower and inside the church, with two huge round Norman piers that dominate the interior.

Other parts of the church are mainly from the later Gothic and perpendicular periods. In the south aisle is the Ribblesdale Chapel with several brass plaques and memorials to the Lister family who once lived at Gisburn Park.

Outside in the graveyard the memorial depicting a witch and her cauldron could be for the alleged witch Jennet Preston. Jennet was accused of casting a fatal spell on her employer Martin Lister, she was tried for murder and executed.


During daylight hours.


Sunday 9 a.m. Holy Communion 10.45 a.m. Evensong 6.30 p.m.