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Dating from no later than the 12th century, it is one of only three churches in England to have both a tower and spire, and the only one to have them both at the same end of the church. It is an active Anglican parish church in the Diocese of Liverpool.
The exact date of the foundation of a church in Ormskirk is unclear, although it is likely that there was a church on the site of the present one in Saxon time. The earliest part of the building is the north wall of the chancelwhich dates from c. The next surviving feature is the 15th-century steeplethough the spire was rebuilt in both and This tower was built to house four bells from Burscough Priorywhich had been suppressed c.
The final Gothic work in the church is the Derby Chapel, built in the second half of the sixteenth century.
This work was almost entirely destroyed between and during an extensive restoration by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. The north arcade was entirely rebuilt, the nave arcades reconstructed in the Gothic style, and the windows of the south aisle replaced. The church is situated on a raised piece of land in the north-west of the town. It has a navewith aisles to the north and south.
The steeple is built at the west end of the south aisle. It is one of a distinctive group of four local steeples which move from a square tower to an octagonal spire by means of a broached octagonal belfry. The upper-most stage has a crenellated parapet and crocketed pinnacles. The tower has arched three-light belfry windows with stone louvres and uncusped intersecting tracerya characteristic of local 16th century gothic. To the north of the building is the chancel and vestry. The Scarisbrick Chapel is to the south, and the Derby Chapel to the south-east.
In his Passages from the English Notebooks ofNathaniel Hawthorne commented that the church "has not exactly a venerable aspect, being too good in repair, and much restored in various parts". The nave's ceiling is of wood and has carved hammerbeam trusses. The five-bay aisle arcades have moulded piers and two-centred arches.
Between the steeple and the south aisle there is a chamfered arch. It has a square head and original iron stanchions and saddle bars. The Derby Chapel is enclosed to the north and west by a 17th-century wooden screen with high balusters and wrought iron fleur-de-lis cresting. It also houses a bell cast in by Henry Oldfield of Nottingham, but this is no longer in use.
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