Christ Church, Heaton Norris

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Christ Church, Heaton Norris
An elaborately decorated tower in light stone with dark stone dressings, windows of varying shapes and sizes, pinnacles, and a spire
Tower of Christ Church, Heaton Norris
Christ Church, Heaton Norris is located in Greater Manchester
Christ Church, Heaton Norris
Christ Church, Heaton Norris
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°24′52″N 2°10′04″W / 53.4144°N 2.1678°W / 53.4144; -2.1678
OS grid reference SJ 889 908
Location Wellington Road,
Heaton Norris, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 10 March 1975
Architect(s) William Hayley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
(Early English style)
Groundbreaking 1844
Completed 1846
Construction cost c. £7,000
(equivalent to £622,000 in 2016)
Materials Sandstone,
Welsh slate roofs

Christ Church consists of the remains of a redundant Anglican church in Wellington Road, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. Only the tower and part of the walls of the aisles survive. They are located on the crest of a hill on the main road linking Stockport with Manchester.[1] The church remains are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building,[2] and are under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[3]


The church was built in 1844–46 on land donated by Wilbraham Egerton of Tatton Park.[1] It cost about £7,000 (equivalent to £622,000 in 2016),[2][4] and was a Commissioners' church, the Church Building Commission providing a grant of £500 towards its building.[5] It was designed by the Manchester architect William Hayley. As originally built, it consisted of a nave, north and south aisles, north and south transepts, a chancel, and a west tower with a spire.

By the 1970s the fabric of the church was in very poor condition, including the effects of dry rot. Attempts were made to convert it into a centre for the use of the community, but these were unsuccessful, and in 1977 it was badly damaged by a fire. Following this, it was demolished apart from the tower and spire, and parts of the adjoining walls. The foundations of the other walls have been preserved to show its original plan. Few of the fittings or furniture have survived; they were either destroyed in the fire or have been stolen. Several of the memorial plaques from within the church had, however, been removed prior to the fire and are now in All Saints' Church, Heaton Norris, along with the Christ Church Mother's Union banner, which has been recently restored (2014).[citation needed] The five clock bells, made by Warner in 1896, were stolen in 1977.[3] The church was declared redundant on 20 July 1973, and the remains of the church were vested in the Trust on 23 May 1979.[6]


Christ Church is constructed in yellow sandstone with a Welsh slate roof. Its architectural style is Early English.[2] The tower is in four stages, and it has a tall, slender spire.[3] On the west side of the lowest stage is a portal, and above this in the next stage is a west window with plate tracery. On the north and south sides of this stage are paired lancet windows. In the third stage are circular openings that formerly housed the clock faces and in the top stage are paired bell openings. On the summit is a pierced parapet, with tall pinnacles at the corners and smaller intermediate pinnacles.[1][2] In the Buildings of England series, it is stated to be Hayley's "most ambitious surviving work".[1]

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The churchyard contains the war graves of five soldiers of World War I.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 233, ISBN 0-300-10583-5 
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Christ Church, Stockport (1067165)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 8 July 2013 
  3. ^ a b c Christ Church, Heaton Norris, Lancashire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 18 October 2016 
  4. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 335, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  6. ^ Diocese of Manchester: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 6, retrieved 3 April 2011 
  7. ^ HEATON NORRIS (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 6 February 2013