Church of St Cross, Clayton

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Church of St Cross, Clayton

The Church of St Cross, Clayton, Manchester, is a Victorian church by William Butterfield, built in 1863–66. It was designated a Grade II* listed building on 18 December 1963.[1]

The church is very tall, in Butterfield's trademark red brick, with blue brick and pale stone banding.[2] The style is Middle Pointed.[2] To the south-west, the church has a high tower, "narrow and tall, with slender angle buttresses and a steep pyramidal roof of banded slate, and a gabled south porch with 2-centred arched doorway".[1]

The interior has lost most of its furnishings but remains "unmistakably Butterfield".[2] It has a timber-framed roof with five-bay arcades, with patterns of coloured stone and tiles that have been echoed in late 20th century stencilling.[2] There is some notable stained glass of the patron saints of the British Isles.[2]

The churchyard contains the war graves of seven soldiers of World War I and two of World War II.[3]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c d e Hartwell et al. 2004, p 362-3
  3. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report, details from casualty record.


  • 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 

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 53°29′00″N 2°10′55″W / 53.4834°N 2.1819°W / 53.4834; -2.1819