Downham St Leonard Home
No one knows how long there has been a church at Downham. During the rebuilding of 1910 traces of what were believed to be early Norman or Anglo- Saxon foundations were unearthed. The presence, within the parish, of a field called Kirkacre - a pure Saxon word - adds credence to an estimate of 1,000 years. The church, with fifteenth century tower and main body of 1910, stands at the top of the steep main street of the village in a perfect and harmonious grouping with Downham Hall, home of the Asshetons since several months before the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558. The present Lord Clitheroe is Patron of the parish church. The Parish Church of Downham St. Leonard is in a joint benefice with Christchurch, Chatburn, the neighbouring parish. These two parish churches share a Priest-in-Charge with St. Mary Magdalene, Clitheroe; there has been no vicar exclusively for Downham since 1988.
We are an open church; the door is unlocked from morning to dusk every day. Visitors are welcome to look round, guidebooks are available (see also history link, to the left).
Visitors are warmly welcome to attend all our services (for details see our services page, and latest newsletter).
Downham is a traditional parish church with one main service each Sunday at 11.00 am when we celebrate a book of common prayer holy communion twice a month alternating with a 1662 matins or modern family service.
The 11.00 am services are accompanied by choir and organ.
2nd and 4th Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion (1662)
Sunday 11.00 am
1st and 3rd Sundays - Holy Communion The Book of Common Prayer
(and 4th Sunday in 5-Sunday months) - Matins
The Book of Common Prayer
Last Sunday (4th or 5th Sundays)
Full details of our current services, including preachers, are contained in the monthly Parish Newsletter and on the church notice board.
OUR PRIEST IN CHARGE
CONTACT FOR WEDDINGS AND HOLY BAPTISM
REQUESTS FOR VISITS AND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Revd Andy Froud
The Vicarage, Church St, Clitheroe BB7 2DD
01200 423317 or 0796 957 6691
OUR CHURCH WARDENS
The Hon Ralph Assheton 01200 440173
Mrs Philippa McFall 01200 441484
Mrs Kirsteen Walmsley
A team of organists provides cover: Mr James Robinson, Mrs Janet Ismail and Mrs Eileen Dickinson.
HON SECRETARY TO THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
& CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS FOR THE PCC
Mr Tom McLean 01200 445471
Ings End Barn