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Church is a village in Hyndburn, Lancashire, England; situated a mile west of Accrington. The local travel links are located less than a mile from the village centre to Church and Oswaldtwistle railway station and 27 miles (43 km) to Blackpool Airport. Also, the main road running through the village is the A679. The village has a population of 3,990 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 5,186 at the 2011 Census.[a][2][1]

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St James' Church, Church Kirk
Church is located in the Borough of Hyndburn
Shown within Hyndburn
Church is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Area0.51 sq mi (1.3 km2[1]
Population5,186 (2011) [1]
• Density10,169/sq mi (3,926/km2)
OS grid referenceSD746288
• London231 miles (372 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBB5
Dialling code01254
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°45′18″N 2°23′10″W / 53.755°N 2.386°W / 53.755; -2.386Coordinates: 53°45′18″N 2°23′10″W / 53.755°N 2.386°W / 53.755; -2.386

The parish church is the Church of St James, which has late medieval tower (damaged by fire in 1983) and a nave constructed in 1805.

Church's nearest hospital is Accrington Victoria Hospital, and the nearest A&E is the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Church's most famous son was Edward Ormerod or Ormrod (1834-1894), inventor in 1867 of the patent Ormerod Butterfly Clip, which has been responsible for saving the lives of generations of coal miners.

Church has a few novelties, such as a Lidl, a KFC, a bakery (Yates'), a Coral, a Texaco, a sports centre (Hyndburn Sports Centre), which opened in 1977, a fire station (Hyndburn Community Fire Station), which opened in 2003, a Howarth Timber, a car sales/tyres (S&D Car Sales & Tyres), a motorstore/bike shop (A1 Top Gear Motorstore), an appliance repair/sales (E&D Domestics), a chippy (Henry Street Chippy), and an Italian "Pizzeria Ristorante" (Monte Cristo).

The village also had an Arnold Clark, and there was previously a Bowker BMW and Mini car dealer on the border with Accrington, but it closed down during 2010, and was demolished in January 2015. This was in order to make way for a pub and restaurant called Brickworks.[3]

A small library, Church Library, was located in the village, but it closed during 2006.

Church is the halfway point on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.



Church was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley, covering Oswaldtwistle Moor in the south and with Hyndburn Brook forming the boundary with Rishton as far as Dunkenhalgh in Clayton-le-Moors and past Dill Hall toward Whalley Road. This became a civil parish in 1866.[4] Between 1894 and 1974 the area was administered by an Urban District.[5] It has since become an unparished part of the borough of Hyndburn.


Church is home to St Christopher's Church of England High School, Accrington Academy and St. Nicholas C.E. Primary School.

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  1. ^ The area in 2001 was listed as 112 hectares (0.43 sq mi), whereas in 2011 it was 132.5 hectares (0.51 sq mi).


  1. ^ a b c UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Church Built-up area (1119883746)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Lancashire Profile Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ MacPherson, Jon (24 April 2015). "New 'Brickworks' pub and restaurant will create 45 jobs". Accrington Observer. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Church Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Church UD through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 August 2015.

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