About this church
It became a parish church in 1870.
Memorials to the Peel Family and Thomas Hargreaves are in the church, as are the colours of the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment, better known as the Accrington Pals. This battalion was raised in the early months of the First World War in response to Kitchener's call for a volunteer army. Groups of friends from all walks of life in Accrington and its neighbouring towns enlisted together to form a battalion with a distinctively local identity. In its first major action, the battalion suffered devastating losses in the attack on Serre on 1st July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. The losses were hard to bear in a community where nearly everyone had a relative or friend who had been killed or wounded. Although the battalion was to fight again, its Pals character had been irretrievably lost.