St. Saviour's Church

At the corner of Upper Brook Street and Plymouth Grove, in what was Chorlton-on-Medlock, you will find a churchyard with no church.  There are gravestones and a cross stands on a small hill but there is no church and, as far as I could see, no information about the church which occupied this site.

My crudely drawn sketch below gives you some idea of the church which did stand here in the 19th Century.  St. Saviour's Church was consecrated in 1836.  It was a rather plain, somewhat austere looking, classical building.  It offered seating for some 1700 persons.

The map below, dated circa 1844, shows the layout of the church.

Below are two views of the church in RAF aerial photographs from the 1940s/50s.

The church was demolished in 1964.  The images below were taken by Pauline Leech and generously donated by Chetham's Library, where Pauline worked for many years.

It was replaced with a new church building on the same site.  This was in turn demolished in 1974.  I have read that it was demolished to make was for a proposed ring-road but the church site remains undisturbed by road reconstruction.