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SATURDAY 9th JUNE 2018 at 11.00am
St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Church St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6XJ

St Michael & All Angels is the original parish for a large area around Ashton-under-Lyne with the first recorded reference to a building on this site in 1262 but it is thought that there was a church here before 1066. It is likely that St Michael's is the other local church mentioned in the Domesday Book alongside what is now Manchester Cathedral. The present building traditionally dates from 1413 but much of the structure was altered and re-built in Victorian times-the tower of 1886-88 by Joseph S Crowther is said to be based on that of Manchester Cathedral.

The building is in the Perpendicular style with the large windows associated with that style. St Michael's windows hold what are thought to be the best surviving examples of 15th Century glass in the country. The glass includes twenty panels based on the life of St Helena and these panels are the most ambitious surviving example of the St Helena cycle. They were the gift of the Assheton family between 1497 and 1512 and were originally in the east window being moved to the south aisle in1872. The east window was filled with new lass by James Ballantyne & Sons of Edinburgh.

The 1840's interior furnishings provide a rare surviving example of a late auditory arrangement with box pews facing a three-decker pulpit which is placed part way along the north aisle arcade with the pews to the east of it facing it with their backs to the chancel. The present woodwork, particularly the pulpit, contains timber and carving from an earlier arrangement. The organ is by William Hill & Son of London and was built in1845 and enlarged in 1889. St Michael's was the venue for one of the Society's very early visits in 2007 but the Friends of St Michael's have invited to re-visit to see work completed over the last ten years or so.

SATURDAY - 29th SEPTEMBER 2018 at 11.00am

The church was built in1937 to designs by architect, R.S. Nickson. Red brick with a high blue brick plinth and low pitch copper roofs. Modern style with Scandinavian influences. Tall chancel, east vestries and rooms, nave with aisles, west baptistery and north west campanile. Mainly tall narrow metal-framed windows. The east end is blank with incised cross high in the gable. Tall triple windows to sides of chancel with much lower vestries and rooms surrounding it. The aisles also have tall windows and there is a narrow clerestory above, which has a long row of small windows emphasising the horizontal line. The aisles project beyond the west end where there are four tall windows to the gable wall. The baptistery is below. There is an entrance in the south west corner and in the north west corner is the campanile. This has an entrance on the west side then an arched window above and then tall blank walling up to the bell stage which is stepped-in, white-washed, and has tall bell openings.

The high soaring chancel is lit from either side and has a round arch to the nave. The long nave was partitioned at halfway in 1987 but the square nave piers all survive supporting the clerestory and nave roof. This has massive partly decorated tie beams and the roof is partly shallow canted. Some contemporary fittings survive. This fine and impressive design remains effective although the partition has divided the nave. It was published in 50 Modern Churches, Incorporated Church Building Society, London, 1945, p.70-3. Revd Brian Hartley GREATER MANCHESTER CHURCHES PESERVATION SOCIETY www.manchesterchurches.btck.co.uk

Makes a note of the dates, - come along, - bring a friend & a packed lunch ALL ARE WELCOME

Revd Brian Hartley - Chair & Secretary
The Greater Manchester Churches Preservation Society
21 Penryn Avenue
Tel: 01706 849132
Website: www.manchesterchurches.btck.co.uk