St Leonards Downham and Twiston Parish Church Lancashire

St Leonard
Nr. Clitheroe

Downham St Leonard Home Page

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 fiftenth 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, guidbooks are available (see also history link, to the left).

Visitors are warmly welcome to attend all our services
(for details see services, and latest newsletter links to the left).

Downham Village Events


By kind permission of the Hon Mr and Mrs Ralph Assheton

In aid of Downham Village Hall and Rosemere Cancer Care

Gardens will be open on Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th July
2.00 to 4.00 pm

Wander in the Gardens inspect the updated kitchen garden

listen to the band
Saturday Clitheroe Town Band
Sunday Barnoldswick Brass Band

Teas—cake stall—stalls—classic car show – local food
children’s stalls - Bouncy castle — Art Exhibition

Admission £5 children under 12 free