St John's Church, Dukinfield

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St John's Church, Dukinfield
St John's Church, Dukinfield, from the west
St John's Church, Dukinfield is located in Greater Manchester
St John's Church, Dukinfield
St John's Church, Dukinfield
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°28′38″N 2°04′21″W / 53.4771°N 2.0726°W / 53.4771; -2.0726
OS grid reference SJ 952,978
Location Dukinfield, Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John's, Dukinfield
Founded 3 September 1838
Dedication St John the Evangelist
Consecrated 24 May 1841
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 6 February 1986
Architect(s) Edmund Sharpe
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1838
Completed 1840
Construction cost £3,299
Materials Stone, slate roof
Parish St John the Evangelist, Dukindield
Deanery Mottram
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Tim Hayes

St John's Church is in Oxford Road, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Mottram, 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] It stands in an elevated position at the top of a small hill.[3]


St John's is a Commissioners' church designed by the Lancaster architect Edmund Sharpe, and built in 1838–40.[4] The church cost £3,299 (equivalent to £270,000 in 2015)[5] to build and £2,599 of this was met by a grant from the Church Building Commission.[6] The foundation stone was laid on 3 September 1838, the same day as that at St George's Church, Stalybridge, also designed by Sharpe. It was consecrated on 24 May 1841 by Rt Revd John Bird Sumner, who was at that time the Bishop of Chester. The church opened for worship in July.[3] It provided seating for 1,234 people.[7] Fifty years later the church was restored, with little alteration other than the addition of two windows to the chancel.[3]


The church is built in stone with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave with north and south aisles, a short single-bay chancel, and a tower at the west end. The tower is in four stages, it has a west door, and at the top is a coped parapet and pinnacles. A coped parapet also runs along the walls and gables of the church. The windows are paired lancets. Inside the church are galleries on three sides. The galleries and the nave arcades are supported by octagonal columns. The organ is in the west gallery.[2][4]

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  1. ^ Dukinfield, St John the Evangelist, Church of England, retrieved 26 March 2010 
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St John the Evangelist, Trafford (1068017)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 May 2012 
  3. ^ a b c Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes, p. 163= 
  4. ^ a b Hartwell, Claire; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 336–337, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  6. ^ Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818–1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 331, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  7. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 211, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8