Building Name

Christ Church Thorley Road Timperley

1847 - 1848
Thorley Road
GMCA, England
New build

In May 1847 the first meetings were held to provide a new church and vicarage in Timperley and in October 1848 the foundation stone was laid. Open for services September 1849 although the church was not consecrated until 1852 owing to legal difficulties associated with the purchase of the site.  Norman style popular in the late 1830s and early 1840s but this was a late example still without the archaeological correctness demanded by Pugin and already adopted by most architects. The original building comprised chancel, nave with western gallery, western tower and spire. Nave of five bays originally 59 feet long by 33 feet wide. Cost £2,038-1-0. Sittings 497 excluding the Minister’s and churchwardens’ pews. Runcorn red sandstone with brick inner leaf and slate roof. Built on a north-south axis rather than traditional east-west axis, thus the chancel is at the northern end.

Reredos and Communion table to the designs of Edgar Wood (qv)

Reference    Manchester Guardian 9 August 1848 page 1- contracts
Reference    Manchester Guardian 19 August 1848 page2 - contracts
Reference    Manchester Guardian 15 November 1848 page 7 - foundation stone
Reference    Ronald Broadhurst A History of Timperley 1996