Sandbach Methodist Church

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Sandbach Methodist Church
Sandbach Methodist Church is located in Cheshire
Sandbach Methodist Church
Sandbach Methodist Church
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°08′41″N 2°21′58″W / 53.1448°N 2.3660°W / 53.1448; -2.3660
OS grid reference SJ 756 609
Location Wesley Avenue,
Sandbach, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Methodist
Website Sandbach Methodist Church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 26 January 1993
Architect(s) Alfred Price
Architectural type Church
Style Neoclassical
Completed 1873
Materials Brick with stone dressings
Minister(s) Revd Kim Stilwell
Parish administrator Robert Glassonbury

Sandbach Methodist Church is in Wesley Avenue, Sandbach, Cheshire, England. It is an active Methodist church in the Sandbach Mission Area.[1] The church and its associated Sunday school are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built in 1873,[1] to a design by Alfred Price.[3] The choir vestry has since been converted into a chapel, and other minor alterations have been made.[1]


Constructed in red brick, the church has stone dressings. Its entrance front faces the street, is expressed as two storeys under a pediment, and is symmetrical with three bays. The central bay of the lower storey projects slightly as a portico surrounded by Doric pilasters and a moulded architrave. This is flanked by a window on each side. In the upper storey there are three windows in the central bay, and a single windows in each lateral bay; all have round heads. The pediment contains a semi-oculus with an elaborate surround. Along the sides of the church are two tiers of six windows, all of which are round-headed. Inside the church there are galleries on all sides that are supported by iron columns.[2][3] The two-manual organ was built in 1890 by Conacher and Company, and was altered in 1938 and in 1971 by Charles Whiteley of Chester.[4]

Sunday school[edit]

The Sunday school stands behind the church and pre-dates it, being dated 1871.[3] It was updated in the 2000s to form a large hall, meeting rooms, kitchens and toilets, but retaining its original exterior. It is known as the Wesley Centre, and was opened on 5 May 2006 by Lady Ann Winterton.[1] The Sunday school is included in the listing.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d Sandbach Mission Area, Sandbach Methodist Church, retrieved 11 March 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Sandbach Methodist Church and Sunday School (1239994)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 March 2012 
  3. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 577, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Cheshire, Sandbach, Wesley Methodist Church (D06225), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 11 March 2012