Church of St Nicholas, Burnage
|Church of St Nicholas|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Diocese||Anglican Diocese of Manchester|
The Church of St Nicholas, Kingsway, Burnage, Manchester, is a Modernist church of 1930–2 by N. F. Cachemaille-Day, Lander and Welch. It was enlarged in 1964 with a bay on the west side, also by Cachemaille-Day. Pevsner describes the church as "a milestone in the history of church architecture in England". The church was designated a Grade II* listed building on 10 October 1980.
St Nicholas is one of a relatively small group of Modernist churches in England, and one of the earliest. It is "of brick, high, sheer and sculptural, with a German-inspired passion for brick grooves and ribbing, both vertical and horizontal." The building cost £11,600. The interior was plainly furnished, "the walls bare, the windows clear, but the ceiling is coffered in blue, red and gold".
In 2001-3, the church underwent significant restoration, at a cost of over 1 million pounds. The restoration included a re-ordering of the interior to provide additional meeting space, and offices, including the insertion of a "striking glass circular meeting room". "The church's spatial complexity is not spoiled, but rather added to", by "hanging the meeting room above head height".
Rachel Mann (Born: 27th February 1970) is a British Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian who is Priest-in-Charge at the Church of St Nicholas, Burnage. She is also Resident Poet at Manchester Cathedral. She is a trans woman who writes, speaks and broadcasts on a wide range of topics including gender, sexuality and religion.
She is the author of Dazzling Darkness: Gender, Sexuality, Illness & God (Glasgow: Wild Goose 2012) and The Risen Dust: Poems and Stories of Passion & Resurrection (Glasgow: Wild Goose 2013), both published by the publishing arm of the Iona Community. Mann is also a contributor to Fear and Friendship: Anglicans Engaging With Islam (Continuum 2012 ) and several books on liturgical theology, including Presiding Like a Woman (SPCK 2010).
Mann is a regular contributor to The Church Times and contributes to BBC Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. She also writes about progressive music, metal and folk for Prog Magazine, an off-shoot of Classic Rock Magazine, and The Quietus.
- Hartwell et al. 2004, p. 410
- Interview with Faith in Feminism
- Rachel Mann interviewed in OutNorthWest Magazine June/July 2013
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- Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South East, The Buildings of England, New Haven, CT; London: Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-10583-5