Building Name

Church of St Peter Manchester Road Redvales Bury

1871 - 1872
Manchester Road
Redvales, Bury
GMCA, England
New build

BURY - On the 23rd inst the Bishop of Manchester laid the foundation stone of the new Church of St Peter, near Bury. The edifice, which will be in a style of architecture representing the transition from Early English, or Pointed, into the Geometrical, will consist of nave, aisles and chancel. The nave will be 75 feet by 48 feet (including aisles) and the chancel 36 feet by 24 feet, the height to ridge in both cases being 52 feet. The church will accommodate 500 persons and the cost will be £4,500, exclusive of tower, spire and carving. The architects are Messrs Maycock and Bell of Manchester. [Building News 18 August 1871 Page 131]

CHURCH OF ST PETER, BURY. The church of St. Peter, near Bury, Lancashire, of which views are given in this number, is in the Early English style, the plan being nave with aisles aiid apsidal chancel, with tower and spire at the north‑west corner. There will be two vestries, the larger one, being for choristers, on the north side, and organ chamber on the south side of the chancel. The reredos, pulpit, and font will be of Caen stone and marble, the former having gold mosaics in the panels. The facing of the interior is red brick, of a very excellent colour, and a few black bands and patterns; the stonework is Bath and blue Burnley. The exterior is being executed in parpoint, with Yorkshire stone dressings and red Runcorn stone bands. The dimensions of the nave are 75 feet by 48 feet, including aisles; and of the chancel, 36 feet by 24 feet, the height to ridge in both cases being 52 feet; the height of the spire, when finished, will be 171 feet. The church will accommodate with ease 500 persons. The cost of the church, inclusive of heating apparatus, laying out of grounds, boundary walling, and architect's commissionCbut exclusive of the upper portion of tower and spireCwill be ,4,500. The architects are Messrs Maycock & Bell, Collyhurst Chambers, Bond Street, Manchester.  [Building News 2 February 1872 page 90]

BURY - The new Church of S. Peter, Bury, was consecrated on Saturday last by the Lord Bishop of Manchester. The church is in the Early English period of architecture, faced with stone externally, but with red brick of a very fine colour inside, Bath and blue Burnley stone being used in the columns, &c. The reredos, font, and pulpit are executed chiefly in alabaster, relieved with gold mosaic. An unusual effect is gained in the interior by the contrast of the seating "which is black," with the colouring of the walls and columns, etc. The stalls are relieved by gilding. The church is built to accommodate 500 persons on the usual plan of nave and aisles, with apsidal chancel, large organ chamber, and two vestries. The remainder of tower and spire are left for future erection. The contractors for the building are, for the mason work, Mr Henry Fleetwood, Manchester; brickwork, Messrs Thomas Blease & Brother, Altrincham ; joiners' work, Messrs William Jones & Co., Liverpool; slating, &c., Mr. Joseph Owen, Bowdon. The reredos, pulpit, font, and the carving of chancel, have been very ably executed by Messrs E. Williams & Millson, City‑road, Manchester. The architects are Messrs. Maycock & Bell, of Bond Street, Manchester. [Building News 5 July 1872 page 14]

In 1899 the church was substantially rebuilt by J Medland Taylor. The Builder noted "The church, which has been partially taken down, was modem, having been built in 1871. The rebuilding is to a great extent on the old foundations, strengthened where they were deficient, and the old plan and general design have been followed as far as was consistent with sound construction."

Reference    Building News 18 August 1871 Page 131
Reference    Building News 2 February 1872 page 90 and two illustrations
Reference    Building News 5 July 1872 page 14] - consecration