St James' Church, Oldham

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St James' Church, Oldham
St James' Church, Oldham. from the southeast
St James' Church, Oldham is located in Greater Manchester
St James' Church, Oldham
St James' Church, Oldham
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°32′45″N 2°05′43″W / 53.5458°N 2.0954°W / 53.5458; -2.0954
OS grid reference SD 938 055
Location Barry Street, Greenacres Moor, Oldham, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Website St James, Oldham
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 8 March 1993
Architect(s) Francis Goodwin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1827
Completed 1829
Construction cost £9,652
Materials Stone, slate roofs
Parish St. James with St. Ambrose Oldham
Deanery Oldham East
Archdeaconry Rochdale
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Paul Plumpton

St James' Church is in Barry Street, Greenacres Moor, Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Oldham East, the archdeaconry of Rochdale, and the diocese of Manchester.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


The foundation stone was laid by James Lees of Higher Clarksfield on 3 September 1827.[citation needed] The church was built between 1827 and 1829 to a design by Francis Goodwin.[4] A grant of £9,652 (£740,000 as of 2015)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission. The original commission for the design was won by Charles Barry, but he underestimated the cost of the church, and was replaced when the tenders were received.[4] The apse was added in 1883 by John Lowe of Manchester.[2]



St James is constructed in ashlar stone with Welsh slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave, north and south aisles, a shallow canted apse at the east end, a west tower, and vestries to the north and south of the tower. The tower has a west door with a two-light window above it, and clasping buttresses topped with gables. Over the second stage is a parapet with an integral surround for a clock face. Above this flying buttresses support an octagonal lantern that contains bell openings.[2] The parapet is embattled.[4] There is another doorway on the south side of the church. The aisles are of six bays, separated by buttresses, each bay containing a two-light window with Decorated cast iron tracery. The chancel also contains two-light windows.[2]


Inside the church are galleries on three sides. The chancel screen with a rood loft date from the 1920s, and were built as a memorial to the First World War. There is a central ogee-headed arch, over which is a crucifix.[2] At the sides of this are panels with inscriptions under statues of Saint George and Saint Michael. In the chancel are a canopied reredos and a sedilia. The stained glass includes windows by Shrigley and Hunt.[2]

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  1. ^ Saint James's Church, Barry Street, Oldham, Church of England, retrieved 23 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Historic England, "Church of St James, Oldham (1209984)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  3. ^ Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 334, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  4. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 550–551, ISBN 0-300-10583-5 
  5. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.