Sunday, 17 April 2016

Three photos of St Stephen's Church 2008, 2012 and 2016

Yesterday I showed you a charcoal impression of St Stephen's spire. Here now are three photographs taken in 2008, 2012 and 2016 respectively.

St Stephen's, the parish church of Flowery Field was consecrated in 1891, the foundation stone having been laid nearly two years earlier. The present building was the outcome of a Mission Church (an offshoot from St. Mary's, Newton, started about 1883), and was erected through the munificence of Colonel Ashton, of Newton, and Little Onn, Staffordshire. It is a fine stone building, in the 13th century style of architecture, containing nave and chancel, and boasting a handsome tower and spire of about 120 feet high. The first vicar was the Rev. T. M. Tozer.

The Church closed in July 2011 and former worshippers must now attend St Mary's, Newton. See the Hydonian blog for more details. The church was deconsecrated and placed on the market with an asking price of £180,000.

In 2015 Manchester-based architecture and interiors practice Millson Associates was appointed by Insite Properties to deliver a residential conversion of the church. The project includes the refurbishment of the church into 20 apartments and designed to respect the internal architecture of the church, alongside the development of adjacent land to deliver 16 two- and three-bedroom family homes. More information on Place Northwest.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.


  1. I also have St Stephen's on my post today

  2. Great building, that I grew up by. Sad another part of history changing. But at least it's not being demolished

  3. Beautiful in an eerie sort of way. It always makes me sad to see churches that are closed. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sad that this is its fate- but it could be worse.

  5. Apartments? Seems like a waste of the great architecture.

  6. Seems a sad end to the church, what happened to the churchyard? I did like the drawing you showed the day before


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