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Cave Browne Evangelical, Ashton in Makerfield

Cave Browne,
Heath Road,
Ashton in Makerfield


The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

The Church is part of the history of Ashton-in-Makerfield. It has a very unusual name and this goes back to 1882 when Miss Catherine Cave-Browne took an interest in the wishes of local Christians who were dissatisfied with the local parish church and felt the need to have a church of their own. She donated a large sum of money to buy a plot of land on Heath Road and pay for the building of a church.

The church was duly built and was known as 'Cave-Browne Protestant Institute'. The running of the church became the responsibility of a Church Council who were selected from the men who had committed themselves to the work. A church leader known as the Church President was appointed from this body of men. This organisation remains today with a Church Council and a Church Leader

Apart from two extensions, the main body of the building remains the same as in 1882. Of course, the interior has changed a lot. The wooden pews have been replaced by modern, more comfortable seating and the facilities now include a fitted kitchen, lounge and a créche. The old 'bellows' organ has been replaced by an electronic machine that can almost talk! The Church banner which was carried through the streets on the annual 'walking day' now hangs at the front of the church proclaiming 'Jesus Said, I am the way, the truth, and the life'. The annual walk was accompanied by a brass band and ended with an open-air service on Ashton Heath. This was replaced by an 'Anniversary Day' many years ago.

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Church Records


The church is located at OS grid reference SJ5785798965 (Lat/Lon 53.485695,-2.636588). You can see this on maps provided by: