"The parish church, St Giles, was a very ancient structure, but was mostly rebuilt in 1837-8, and now has 1600 sittings. The rectory is in the patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Robert Watt, MA.
St Chad's Church, at Freehay, about a mile S of the town, was built in 1842, for use of the inhabitants of Huntley, Teanford, Woodhead, and other southern parts of the town. The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of the rector, and incumbency of the Rev. George Mather, MA.
Oakamoor has a neat church, or Chapel of Ease, (Holy Trinity), erected in 1832, to serve the eastern parts of the parish. The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of the rector of Cheadle, and incumbency of the Rev. William Hendrickson.
The old Independant Chapel, at Cheadle, was erected in 1799, but is now used as a day and Sunday school, the congregation having built near it a handsome chapel in the Gothic style, opened in 1851. The Wesleyan chapel, in Chapel Street, was built in 1812, the New Connexion Methodists have a small chapel built in 1821, as do the Primitive Methodists, built in 1848.
The Roman Catholic Church of St Giles, at Cheadle, exceeds in magnificence all the other churches possessed by the Roman Catholics in England, and has been erected at the sole expense of the Earl of Shrewsbury. The church, from the designs of AW Pugin, was opened and consecrated on September 1st, 1846 and consists of a western tower, containing six bells and surmounted by a lofty spire, a nave of five compartments, a Lady Chapel, a Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, and a superb chancel. Built in the Decorated style, it may be considered Pugin's masterpiece. It is the successor of a small old chapel and stands near the foot of the sloping hill on which the town is built. The priests are the Rev. W Gubbins and the Rev. Robert Simpson."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851)
A view of St Giles Church (1).
A view of St Giles Church (2).
A view of St Giles Church (3).
A view of St Giles Roman Catholic Church (1).
A view of St Giles Roman Catholic Church (2).
A view of St Giles Roman Catholic Church (3).