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St Mary the Virgin Church of England, Bury

St Mary the Virgin,
Market Place,


The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard were recorded in the Owen Manuscripts (copies held at Manchester Archives and Local Studies). St Mary's Churchyard was closed for burials in 1855.

Church History

It was founded before 1086.
The parish church of St. Mary, said to have been erected during the latter part of the 10th century, was rebuilt in 1215-1290, and restored in 1535 : it was again rebuilt in 1776-1780, and the spire renewed in 1844 : the present edifice, erected in 1871-­1876, at a cost of £25,000, raised by subscription, is a building of local stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and a tower with spire containing 8 bells, recast in 1722; nearly all the windows are stained: there are some mural monuments, but all the ancient monuments were destroyed in 1558: there are' sittings for 1,000 persons, all of which are free. The register dates from 1690. The living is a rectory, tithe rent-charge £448, net yearly value £1,500, with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Derby G.C.B., P.C. and held since 1894 by the Rev. F. 6. Blackburne M.A.

From Kelly's Lancashire directory, 1895

Church Records

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Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Manchester Central Library, hold:

  • Baptisms 1590-1943
  • Marriages 1591-1947
  • Burials 1591-1855

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The church is located at OS grid reference SD8043210861 (Lat/Lon 53.593949,-2.297128). You can see this on maps provided by: