St Matthew's Church, Little Lever

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St Matthew's Church, Little Lever
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St Matthew's Church, Little Lever, from the southwest
St Matthew's Church, Little Lever is located in Greater Manchester
St Matthew's Church, Little Lever
St Matthew's Church, Little Lever
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°33′46″N 2°22′25″W / 53.5628°N 2.3735°W / 53.5628; -2.3735
OS grid reference SD 754,074
Location Little Lever, Bolton,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Matthew, Little Lever
Dedication Saint Matthew
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 9 May 2003
Architect(s) E. G. Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1865
Materials Coursed rubble stone with ashlar dressings
Slate roofs
Parish St. Matthew, Little Lever
Deanery Bolton
Archdeaconry Bolton
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Vicar(s) Fr. John Wiseman
Assistant priest(s) Fr. Ian Anthony
Churchwarden(s) Dennis Hodson, Kate Bridge

St Matthew's Church is in the village of Little Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Bolton, the archdeaconry of Bolton, and the diocese of Manchester.[1] St Matthew's is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


St Matthew's was built in 1865 to replace an earlier church built in 1791 on the other side of the street. It was designed by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley. The tower was increased in height in 1924 as a memorial to the First World War.[3]



The church is constructed in coursed rubble stone with ashlar dressings, and a has slate roofs. Its architectural style is early Decorated. The plan consists of a nave, north and south transepts, a west porch, a chancel, a north vestry, and a tower at the southeast corner. The tower is in four stages, with a stair turret in its southeast corner. The bell openings have two lights and louvres. In the stair turret there are small lancet windows. At the summit of the tower is a plain parapet and corner pinnacles. Along the walls of the nave are two-light windows separated by buttresses. At the west end are large buttresses, a gabled porch, and a rose window. On the south wall of the chancel is a small three-light window, and on the north side, over the vestry, are two lancet windows. At the east end is a three-light window containing plate tracery. On the gable ends are finials.[2]


In the chancel is a stone reredos, with stone panels containing the Ten Commandments and the Creed on each side, and a double sedilia. The choir stalls, organ front and screen are elaborately carved. The chancel is floored with Minton tiles. At the west end is a gallery, under which is a glazed screen.[2] The pulpit and font are both "heavy stone tubs".[3] The three-manual organ was built in 1884 by Brindley and Foster, and enlarged by the same firm in 1911.[4]


The churchyard contains the war graves of five soldiers of the First World War, and two soldiers and two Royal Navy sailors of the Second World War.[5]

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  1. ^ St. Matthew, Little Lever, Church of England, retrieved 6 June 2011 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Matthew, Bolton (1391096)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 9 July 2012 
  3. ^ a b 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. 248, ISBN 0-300-10583-5 
  4. ^ Lancashire (Manchester, Greater), Lever, Little, St. Matthew, Church Street (N00810), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 6 June 2011 
  5. ^ Little Lever (St. Matthew) Churchyard, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 4 February 2013