St Paul's Church, Peel

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St Paul's Church, Peel
St Paul's Church Peel from the north
53°31′51″N 2°14′46″W / 53.5309°N 2.2460°W / 53.5309; -2.2460Coordinates: 53°31′51″N 2°14′46″W / 53.5309°N 2.2460°W / 53.5309; -2.2460
Location Manchester Road, Little Hulton,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website [1]
Dedication St Paul
Consecrated December 1876
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 29 July 1966
Architect(s) J. Medland and Henry Taylor
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1874
Completed 1876
Construction cost Church c. £5,000
Spire £2,000
Spire height 165 feet (50 m)
Materials Sandstone
Parish Peel and Little Hulton
Deanery Eccles
Archdeaconry Salford
Diocese Manchester
Province York

St Paul's Church, Peel (grid reference SD718038) is an active Anglican parish church in Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, England. It is part of the Diocese of Manchester. It is a Grade II listed building.[1] St Paul’s serves the parish of Peel and Little Hulton and with St Paul’s, Walkden, and St John the Baptist, Little Hulton is part of the Walkden and Little Hulton Team Ministry in the Eccles Deanery and Salford Archdeaconry.[2]


The church's origins are in Peel Chapel[3] built in 1760 by the Yates family and consecrated as a chapelry in the Parish of Deane. The chapelry became a district parish on March 1874.[4] The old chapel was demolished and the foundation stone for a new church immediately to the south was laid by Lord Kenyon in August 1874.[5] The church, designed by J. Medland and Henry Taylor, was built between 1874 and 1876, consecrated in December 1876 and its tower added in 1897.[1] Construction of the church cost about £5,500 (£440,000 as of 2014),[6] and the spire a further £2,000 (£190,000 as of 2014).[6][5]


St Paul, Peel, west end


The church is constructed in local sandstone from Peel Quarry with a slate roof and bellcote. The church has a north porch and west spire. It is in the Early English Gothic style with Decorated details.[1]

The church is built on projecting plinths and has a nave and four-bay aisles with separate roofs which terminate short of the nave at the west. The bays, are separated by buttresses and each has a pair of two-light windows above a continuous sill band. The two-bay chancel is higher than the nave and has a five-light east window. The four-stage west tower has angled buttresses and a west door above which is a four-light west window. The belfry has paired two-light openings under a broach spire set back behind a parapet.[1] The spire is 165 feet (50 m) tall.[5]


The nave arcade is carried on short cylindrical columns with moulded and decorated capitals. It has a hammer-beam roof and the wide chancel arch is supported on quatrefoil columns.[1] The columns are made of Runcorn and Bath stone.[5] The pierced stone chancel rail incorporates the pulpit made of gypsum or alabaster with green Connemara marble pillars carved into scenes from the life of St. Paul and the lectern with carvings of flowers and ferns and the head of a king at its base.[5]

The church has a reredos made from carved alabaster thought to be from the Blue John mines in Derbyshire,[5] timber pews and a baluster font from the old chapel. Some of the stained glass is by Shrigley and Hunt. There are several 18th and 19th-century wall plaques.[1] A window made of painted and fired porcelain over the font is from the old Peel Chapel.[7] A brass plaque from 1759 on the clergy vestry door, one of several pew plates saved from the old chapel, is inscribed "Geo. Kenyon Esq."[5]


The churchyard contains the war graves of two service personnel of World War I and nine of World War II.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f English Heritage, "Church of St. Paul (1163015)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 December 2012 .
  2. ^ Church List Peel, St Paul, The Church of England Diocese of Manchester, retrieved 7 January 2013 
  3. ^ Peel Chapel, The Churches of Britain and Ireland, retrieved 7 January 2013 
  4. ^ Farrer, William; Brownbill, J, eds. (1911), "Little, Middle and Over Hulton", A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (British History Online): 25–34, retrieved 7 January 2013 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g St Paul, Peel, St Paul's Church, retrieved 7 January 2013 
  6. ^ a b UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  7. ^ Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, The Churches of Britain and Ireland, retrieved 3 December 2012 
  8. ^ Peel (St. Pauk) Churchyard, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 5 February 2013