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Mighty Greater Manchester

Discover the wonder of Greater Manchester's sacred heritage.

It comes as little surprise that the oldest buildings in Greater Manchester are all churches. St Mary the Virgin in Eccles has parts built in the 13th century, the tower of St Chad, Rochdale, dates to the 1200s; and, St Leonard in Middleton has fragments of a Norman billet frieze.

But Greater Manchester also has an amazing collection of Victorian and modern churches to explore. Here are a few to show off what the region has to offer.

Every church has a story to tell.

Mighty Greater Manchester churches to inspire you!

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St Mary the Virgin, Bury

The highlight is the stunning Epiphany reredos and the number of stone heads hidden around the building. The church is the Garrison Church of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

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St Mary, Manchester

Search out to view the enormous Stations of the Cross by Norman Adams, one of the great ecclesiastical commissions in the country this century.

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St Mary the Virgin, Eccles

For at least 800 years the church has attracted an ever increasing number of visitors to share in history and link with the thousands of people who have found solace and comfort within its walls.

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St Augustine, Pendlebury

One of Bodley’s best churches, the interior is stunning. Known locally as the 'Miners Cathedral' it is one of the greatest and most moving of all Victorian churches.

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Fairfield Moravian Church, Droylsden

The Settlement opened in 1785, planned and built by its own people with inn, shop, bakery, farm, laundry, fire engine, night watchman, inspector of weights and measures, an overseer of roads and physician.

Greater Manchester Churches Preservation Trust

The Society aims to raise awareness of the rich variety of church buildings in Greater Manchester and raise funds make grants for repairs. The Society also arranges visits churches and chapels of interest.

Find out more

Become a Friend of the National Churches Trust, for people who love church buildings!