St Mary the Virgin

The present church is largely Victorian and is located at the highest point in the town.

About this church

The spire predates the rest of the church. The church is the Garrison Church of the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Regimental Colours hang in the nave.

The stonework of the nave includes over 150 heads many of which are said to represent members of the congregation and the community at the time of building the church.

The stained glass in the north aisle contains representations of Old Testament figures and those in the south aisle New Testament figures.

The colourful Epiphany reredos was restored in 2008.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church

Other nearby churches

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St Mary

Prestwich is not mentioned in the Domesday Book but there is evidence of a church on the site from at least 1200. The tower was built in about 1500 by the 1st Earl of Derby, and the body of the church was rebuilt during the early part of the 16th century. In 1872 a new chapel, the Birch Chapel, was added to the south of the chancel and to the east of the existing south Lever chapel; the Lever Chapel was rebuilt two years later.

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St Augustine

This magnificent 19th century building, designed by George Frederick Bodley, is hugely significant in the northwest and is known locally as the 'Miners Cathedral'.

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