St Alban

St Alban's is a Catholic, Grade II* listed church, designed in 1838 by renowned Victorian architect AW Pugin, that hides a magnificent interior with many significant original features.

About this church

St Alban's church in Macclesfield is a Roman Catholic parish church. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.

It was designed by the famous Victorian architect AWN Pugin, also famous for his involvement in the Palace of Westminster. St Alban’s is described by Historic England as a 'church of exceptional interest among the works of this major architect'.

St Alban’s is one of the oldest churches in England to be in continuous use for Catholic worship. It was designed in 1838 and built between 1839 and 1841. St Alban’s was AWN Pugin’s second major church and is an excellent example of his early Perpendicular Gothic. Pevsner describes St Alban's as 'a Pugin church of considerable size and unstinted design'.

Fortunately, it still retains many significant features that are not just typical of Gothic churches but characteristic of Pugin’s own style of design, including the elaborately carved stone altar and structural features, the abundance of images of the saints either as carved statues or in stained glass windows, the richly painted details and stencilling, the encaustic tiled floors, the sedilia where the clergy would be seated and, perhaps most striking of all, the incorporation of fixtures such as the rood screen with its large crucifix with 15th century German or Flemish figures from Louvrain. In addition to its beautiful and dignified interior, St Alban's also provides a dignified and spiritual place for quite reflection.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • On street parking at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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