Some of them can probably be found just three miles away at Old Langho in the form of St Leonard’s church. Built in 1557, it is one of the few churches built between the years 1553 to 1558 in the reign of Mary I who
restored the Roman Catholic faith after the break from Rome by her father Henry VIII whose Reformation resulted in abbeys, like the one at Whalley, being left to fall into ruins.
Built as a Roman Catholic church, St Leonard’s was constructed with materials brought the three miles from the abbey site. The high quality stonework includes carvings, windows, plinths, a piscina and a credence.
The main roof timbers also came from the abbey.
The fragments of medieval glass in the windows of the chancel were also probably retrieved from the abbey. They appear to have once been parts of a larger image, with tantalising glimpses of hands, robes and foliage that must once have graced the abbey church of St Mary.
Also in the chancel is a piscina, flanked by two very old oak chairs which were chained to the wall for safety.
St Leonard’s church is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity which saves historic churches at risk. If it is locked the key is available from the adjacent Black Bull pub.