Haunting images from inside a closed Bacup church have been captured by an urban explorer.

The explorer, who goes by the name of No Limits Urbex on social media, ventured inside St Saviour’s Church, which closed in 2007.

Once a very well attended church, the building is now a shell of its former glory.

As a result of falling victim to vandalism, the building has been boarded up for some time with graffiti daubed on its walls, stained glass windows smashed and its organ stripped bare.

The new pictures show how the building has decayed over the years, and offer a rare insight into the grade II-listed church building.

The urban explorer said: "As an eager photographer, the history of Bacup has always intrigued me due to the amount of history crumbling before our very own eyes.

"Having visited a few places to document the history before it's lost forever, Bacup has found its way into my heart.

"Sticking out like a sore thumb is the decaying St Saviour's Church. Even though this church is in a total state of disrepair, it's urban decay is a thing of beauty!

"These pictures was taken on a cold wet December night - the 12th to be precise."

One user, Anne Hope, said: "A lot of childhood memories and more."

Another user, Jill Ingham, added: "I attended this church, our youth group went beyond the belfry and into the ceiling rafters.

"We left a capsule to be opened in the year 2000."

While others simply admired the beauty of the photographs.

Sandra Fallon commented: "Churches and their contents are always so beautiful."

The Church Commissioners for England are the group responsible for the site and reported having some strong interest from buyers for the New Line site last year.

The Grade II-listed building, built in 1870, had been for sale on property website WT Gunson, with a price of £95,000, but the firm are no longer actively marketing it.

The church bells were also transported to Dumfries, Scotland, last year, as the condition of St Saviour’s deteriorated.