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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of Greater Manchester

by Peter Kessler, 30 March 2020

Oldham Part 1: Churches of Saddleworth & Uppermill

The Parish Church of St Chad, Saddleworth, Oldham

The Parish Church of St Chad, Saddleworth, is on the eastern side of Church Lane, immediately north of the Church Inn. A church has existed here since 1215, established as a chapel-of-ease for Rochdale's parish church. In time it became a possession of Whalley Abbey (now in Lancashire), when it was known as Quick Chapel. The present church is a late Georgian construction, built to replace the medieval version in 1830-1833. The tower was rebuilt about 1846-1847.

Church of St Anne Lydgate, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Oldham

The Church of St Anne Lydgate, Uppermill, is on the western side of Stockport Road, about eighty metres north of the Quickedge Road junction. It was built in 1787-1788 but was drastically remodelled at various later stages: the chancel in 1888, the vestry in 1911, and the tower around 1920. Alterations were carried out by R B Preston and F Thorpe. The structure is of Watershot hammer-dressed stone with a slate roof, wide nave with chancel, and south-west tower.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Douglas Law via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group.



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