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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Historic Churches in Ribble Valley

St Wilfred's Church Ribchester


St. Wilfred's is built on the old Roman fort of Bremetennacum and dates from the 13th Century. The tower and other parts of the church however, are built in the later perpendicular style.

One of the most unusual features of the church are the rectangular dormer windows added in the 18th Century to provide more light. Also of interest is the Lancet window with colourful stained glass depicting St. Wilfred.

There seems to have been a strong musical tradition at St. Wilfred's - in fact in 1736 the Minstrel's Gallery had to be extended to provide more space for the church musicians!

Aboult half a mile from the village is the old church at Stydd, the oldest in the Ribble Valley. It was built in 1136 by the Knight Hospitallers in the reign of King Stephen.

Astonishingly the church has the grave of a Catholic bishop buried in 1775.


During daylight hours


Sunday 8.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m., 3 p.m. Wednesday 10.00 a.m.

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