St Michael's Church, Middleton

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St Michael's Church, Middleton
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St Michael's Church, Middleton is located in Greater Manchester
St Michael's Church, Middleton
St Michael's Church, Middleton
Location in Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°32′52″N 2°11′26″W / 53.5477°N 2.1906°W / 53.5477; -2.1906
OS grid referenceSD 875,057
LocationTownley Street,
Greater Manchester
WebsiteSt Michael, Middleton
StatusParish church
DedicationSaint Michael
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated19 September 1969
Architect(s)Austin and Paley
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
MaterialsStone, tile roofs
DeaneryHeywood and Middleton
Vicar(s)Revd Jackie Calow

St Michael's Church is in Townley Street, Middleton, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Heywood and Middleton, the archdeaconry of Rochdale, and the diocese of Manchester.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built in 1901–02 replacing an earlier church on the site dating from 1839. It was paid for by J. W. Lees, a brewer.[3] It was designed by the Lancaster firm of architects, Austin and Paley. At this time only the east end and the first bay of the nave were built.[4] The nave was completed in 1911,[5] and the tower was added between 1926 and 1931 at a cost of £6,656 (equivalent to £420,000 in 2016),[6][7]


St Michael's is constructed in stone with a tile roof. Its architectural style is Perpendicular. The plan consists of a four-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a chancel with a side chapel, vestry and organ chamber, and a virtually free-standing tower to the west of the north aisle. At the west end of the church is a canted baptistry. The tower is in four stages, with bands separating the stages. It has angle buttresses, an octagonal stair turret, a doorway over which is a four-light window, clock faces, three-light bell openings, and a castellated parapet. The windows along the sides of the aisles have two, three or four lights with flat heads; those in the clerestory have three lights under round-arched heads. Both the east and west windows have five lights. Inside the church the arcades are carried on octagonal piers.[2] Most of the stained glass is by Shrigley and Hunt.[3]

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  1. ^ St Michael, Tonge-cum-Alkrington, Church of England, retrieved 11 February 2012
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Michael, Rochdale (1068468)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 February 2012
  3. ^ a b Hartwell, Hyde & Pevsner 2004, p. 511.
  4. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 244.
  5. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 248.
  6. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  7. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 251.