The Churches of Britain and Ireland
Churches in Boarshaw, Langley, Rhodes.
New Jerusalem Church. Apart from the
one in Rhodes (for which, see below), this
lists two other Swedenborgian churches for Middleton - one on Manchester
Old Road at SD 864 056, founded before 1886, and another on Wood Street
at SD 860 066, founded in 1807 and demolished in 1978. Neil Floyd has
sent in an old photo
of a New Jerusalem Church (and its
Middleton, though whether it's this Middleton is uncertain. Can
you confirm if this is either of the Manchester Old Road or Wood Street
buildings? Both from Neil Floyd's Collection. My appreciation to Michael
Baron for confirming that this is the Wood Street Church. He thinks the
demolition date should be about 1967, rather than 1978.
Alkrington and Providence U.R.C., Manchester New Road, dated 1926. According to this stone, there had been an earlier building (Providence Chapel) dating from 1836. Interior view. SD 867 047. All © Mike Berrell. Mike Berrell has also advised (2016) that The Newday Christ Fellowship Church also meet here (link). My appreciation to Michael Baron who has advised that the date-stone depicted in this entry was from Providence Congregational Chapel on Market Place, and was moved to Alkrington when Providence closed. This was soon after the formation of the United Reformed Church, when the Presbyterians and Congregationalists combined, which was in 1972. Alkrington U.R.C. had been built as Congregational to a design by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope of Bolton, and was a replacement for Salem Chapel which stood on Manchester New Road, and which was demolished as part of the redevelopment of central Middleton. Link (comprehensive .pdf history here).
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Taylor Street/Oldham Road. SD 872 057. © Mike Berrell.
Grace Fellowship Manchester Church meet at Brookside Community Centre on Mainway East, Alkrington. SD 881 045. © Mike Berrell (2014). Link.
Holy Trinity, Archer Park, Parkfield. SD 865 060. © Rodney Hall. Another view. © Mike Berrell. Two interior views - 1, 2, both © Mike Berrell (2011). Mike has advised that this church was made redundant in 2015 and subsequently put up for sale.
Middleton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, on Hilton Fold Lane. SD 879 064. © Mike Berrell.
Middleton Methodist Church on Long Street. SD 871 062. Interior view. The stone pulpit, which Pevsner describes as "remarkable". © Mike Berrell. Link.
Middleton Old Grammar School, has been used by the Salvation Army. When they left the school, they moved into purpose-built premises. These are now in use as a nursery. Both © Rob Brettle.
Mills Hill Baptist Church, Mills Hill Road. Interior view. SD 888 060. Both © Mike Berrell. Link - see particularly the detailed history here.
Previously listed as an unknown chapel, my appreciation to Michael Baron who has advised that it was a Mission Hall, though its denomination is still obscure. It stands on Wade Street, Middleton Junction. It pre-dates an O.S. map revised in 1915. SD 8853 0497. © Rob Brettle.
The former Providence Congregational Chapel (1822 - 1991) on Market Place, now derelict. SD 872 061. © Mike Berrell. An old photo of the chapel (1960's or 1970's perhaps, judging from the cars) taken by Mike Berrell from an original. Reproduced with permission.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, on Long Street. SD 871 062. © Mike Berrell.
St. Gabriel (CoE), on Greenhill Road, Middleton Junction. SD 886 053. © Mike Berrell. Two interior views - 1, 2, and an unusual Scout War Memorial window, all © Mike Berrell (2012).
St. John the Evangelist on Church Avenue, Thornham, dates from 1906, as this foundation stone shows. SD 887 088. Both © Mike Berrell.
St. Leonard, on St. Leonard's Square. SD 871 063, © Rodney Hall. Another view. © Chalmers Cursley. And another © Mike Berrell. Also from Mike, an interior view, and a stained glass window. Link1. Link2.
St. Mary on Langley Lane, Birch-in-Hopwood. Interior view. Mike explains that the brick building is the entrance; the church proper is to its right. Both © Mike Berrell. This war memorial (© Mike Berrell.) occupies the site of the former church altar. An interior view of the former church. SD 852 078. Old photos reproduced by kind permission of the church.
St. Michael on Townley Street, Tonge-cum-Alkrington. Opened in 1839, it was re-built commencing in 1901. SD 874 057. © Mike Berrell. Link.
St. Peter (R.C.). on Taylor St. SD 873 057. Interior view. Both © Mike Berrell.
St. Stephen (Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion), on High Street. Interior view. Both © Mike Berrell. This photograph of the previous church building (demolished) is reproduced by kind permission of the church. SD 872 065.
St. Thomas on Heywood Old Road, Bowlee. © Mike Berrell. Link.
St. Thomas More (R.C.) on Mainway, Alkrington. Interior view. SD 872 045. © Mike Berrell.
The former Salem Congregational Chapel (1866 - 1929) on Manchester Road. The exact location isn't known precisely, but is approximately SD 867 060. Photo of a photo taken by Mike Berrell, and reproduced by kind permission of the owner.
The former Temple Street Baptist Church, on Temple Street, which closed in 2006. SD 878 061. © Mike Berrell. in Middleton Junction.
28 May 2023
© Steve Bulman