St Stephen's Church, Whelley

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St Stephen's Church, Whelley
St Stephen's Church, Whelley is located in Greater Manchester
St Stephen's Church, Whelley
St Stephen's Church, Whelley
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°33′19″N 2°36′58″W / 53.5554°N 2.6161°W / 53.5554; -2.6161
OS grid reference SD 593,067
Location Balcarres Avenue, Whelley, Wigan, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Stephen, Whelley
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 11 July 1983
Architect(s) Henry Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1928
Completed 1938
Materials Stone
Parish St Stephen, Wigan
Deanery Wigan
Archdeaconry Warrington
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Dr Sharon Jones

St Stephen's Church, Whelley, is located in Balcarres Avenue, Whelley, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Wigan, the archdeaconry of Warrington, and the diocese of Liverpool. Its benefice is united with that of St John, New Springs.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2]


The first phase of the church was built between 1928 and 1930, the foundation stone being laid in November 1928, and the church being consecrated on 9 April 1930. It was designed by the Lancaster architect Henry Paley of Austin and Paley, and the church was built on land given by Lord Crawford. The first phase consisted of the east end of the church, and the first two bays of the nave and the aisles: this cost £9,863 (£540,000 as of 2014).[3][4] The church was completed in 1937–38, and a choir vestry was added, the cost of these additions being £5,253.[5]


St Stephen's is constructed in red and brown sandstone with green slate roofs, and is in Free Perpendicular style. Its plan consists of a nave with a clerestory and a south porch, north and south aisles, a chancel with a canted east end, a south vestry, and a single gabled bellcote standing at right angles to the south side of the chancel. At the west end are broad buttresses, with a canted baptistry between them.[2][6][7] The west window has four lights, the east window has five lights, and the clerestory windows have three lights.[2] Pollard and Pevsner in the Buildings of England series comment that it is "an odd time" for the architect to be continuing to use the style of the practice during the 1880s.[7][a] The two-manual pipe organ, the third to be installed in the church, was made in 1965 by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd.[9]

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  1. ^ During the 1880s the partners in the Lancaster practice were Henry Paley's father, E. G. Paley, and Hubert Austin.[8]