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Post by kosovohp on Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:07 am

The church was built between 1878 and 1881 and paid for by Thomas Greenhalgh, an Evangelical mill-owner.[3] The local population had grown during the second half of the 19th century, and the church was intended to serve the people working in the nearby mills. It was designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. The church was planned to seat a congregation of about 800, giving them all a good view of the proceedings, and an opportunity to hear the sermon.[4] The contractors were Cordingley and Stopford of Manchester, and the church, without fittings, cost 16,500 (1,230,000 as of 2010).[5] It was consecrated in 1881 by Dr J. Fraser, Bishop of Manchester.[3] Few changes have been made to the church since then. A war memorial was added to commemorate the parishioners who had died serving in the First World War.[6]

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