St Alban's Church, Broadheath

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St Alban's Church, Broadheath
St Alban's Church, Broadheath is located in Greater Manchester
St Alban's Church, Broadheath
St Alban's Church, Broadheath
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°24′09″N 2°21′07″W / 53.4024°N 2.3520°W / 53.4024; -2.3520
OS grid reference SJ 767 896
Location Lindsell Road,
Broadheath, Altrincham,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Alban, Broadheath
Dedication Saint Alban
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 12 July 1985
Architect(s) Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1899
Completed 1900
Materials Brick with stone dressings
Tiled roofs
Parish St Alban, Broadheath
Deanery Bowden
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Helen Scarisbrick
Reader(s) Peter Johnson,
Jean Bailey
Churchwarden(s) Eric Prince, June Nixon

St Alban's Church is in Lindsell Road, Broadheath, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Bowden, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the diocese of Chester.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The first church services in Broadheath were conducted in 1853 in a canal boat on the Bridgewater Canal. In 1871 a school was built and the services were moved there. Building of the church began in 1899. It was designed by the Lancaster firm of architects, Austin and Paley, and opened for worship on 8 November 1900. The vestry and bellcote were added in 1902. St Alban's became a parish in its own right in January 1911.[3] The west end of the church was not finished at the time, the nave having only two bays. It was completed towards the end of the 20th century, the architect being Geoff Worsley, and the additions were consecrated in 2000. In 2008 an immersion font was installed in the nave.[4]


St Alban's is constructed in brick with stone dressings, and is roofed in clay tiles. Its plan consists of a nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, north and south transepts, a vestry, and a chancel. The clerestory has three-light windows, and there are four-light windows along the sides of the aisles. The east window has five lights, and the west wall is blank. The south transept forms a continuation of the aisle, but the north transept is taller, it carries the bellcote, and has its own roof. The vestry has a pyramidal roof.[2][4]

Inside the church, the brick arcades are carried on octagonal stone piers. In the chancel are a sedilia and piscina, both with ogee-heads.[2] The 2000 extension contains doors leading to offices. The immersion font is "like a narrow swimming pool in the middle of the nave".[4]

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  1. ^ St Alban, Broadheath, Church of England, retrieved 31 January 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Alban, Altrincham (1107845)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 31 January 2012 
  3. ^ History of our Church, St Alban's, Broadheath, retrieved 31 January 2012 
  4. ^ 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. 98, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6