STALYBRIDGE: Christ Church (Church of England)

Also known as: Dukinfield: Christ Church

Quarry Street.

Church History

Built in 1879 as a parish church serving part of the township of Dukinfield (previously served by Dukinfield: St. John the Evangelist), and small parts of the Lancashire township of Ashton under Lyne on the south bank of the River Tame (previously served by parishes of Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge New St. George, both in the diocese of Manchester) . The boundaries of "The Consolidated Chapelry of Christ Church, Dukinfield" were described in the London Gazette on 27 February 1880:

"All that portion of the parish of Saint John the Evangelist Dukinfield in the county of Chester and in the diocese of Chester wherein the present incumbent of such new parish now possesses the exclusive cure of souls which is bounded on the east by the new parish of Castle Hall in the same county and diocese on the north on the north-west and on the west partly by the hereinafter described portion of the parish of Ashton-under-Lyne and partly by the new parish of New Saint George Stalybridge both in the county of Lancaster and in the diocese of Manchester and upon all other sides that is to say on the south-west and on the south by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides a certain detached portion of the said parish of Ashton-under-Lyne from the new parish of Saint John the Evangelist Dukinfield aforesaid at the centre of the footbridge over the River Tame at the north-western end of Hollins-street and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the said footbridge to the north-western end of Hollins-street aforesaid and continuing thence still south-eastward along the middle of the said street for a distance of twenty and a half chains or thereabouts to the present south-eastern end of the same street and continuing thence still south-eastward and in a direct line across Hollins-gardens to a point upon the boundary of the municipal borough of Stalybridge and extending thence eastward along the last-mentioned boundary for a distance of twenty-three and a half chains or thereabouts to the point a little to the west of Gorse Hall where the eame boundary intersects the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint John the Evangelist Dukinfield from the new parish of Castle Hall aforesaid."

"And also all that contiguous portion of the said parish of Ashton-under-Lyne wherein the present incumbent of such parish now possesses the exclusive cure of souls and which is isolated from the main body of the same parish which said portion of such parish is situate on the southeastern side of the north-western bank of the said River Tame and is bounded on the north and on the north-west by the said new parish of New Saint George Stalybridge and upon all other sides that is to say on the south-west and on the south-east by the hereinbefore described portion of the new parish of Saint John the Evangelist Dukinfield aforesaid."

"And also all that contiguous portion of the said new parish of New Saint George Stalybridge which is situate on the south-eastern side of the present course of the River Tame aforesaid and which is bounded on the south-west by the new parish of Saint John the Evangelist, Dukinfield aforesaid on the south-east by the hereinbefore described portion of the said parish of Ashton-under-Lyne and on the remaining side that is to say on the north-west by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said portion of the said parish of Ashton-under-Lyne from the new parish of New Saint George Stalybridge aforesaid at the point at or near to the bridge over the said River Tame at the north-western end of Bayley-street where the last-mentioned boundary following the line of the north-western bank of the former course of the said river diverges from the northwestern bank of the present course of the same river and extending thence south-westward along the said north-western bank of the present course of the same river for a distance of ten and a half chains or thereabouts to the boundary which divides the said new parish of New Saint George Stalybridge from the new parish of Saint John the Evangelist Dukinfield aforesaid."

In 1894 the above areas all became part of the civil parish of Stalybridge, and the district was later renamed "Stalybridge, Christ Church".

The church closed in 1976.

Church Records

C = Christenings (Baptisms) ; M = Marriages ; B = Burials ; BTs = Bishop's Transcripts

Original RegistersC 1879-1976 ; M 1880-1975 — Cheshire Record Office (P 218)
Microfilm CopiesC 1879-1930 ; M 1880-1939 — Cheshire Record Office ; Tameside Local Studies
Bishop's Transcripts1892 — Cheshire Record Office (microfilmed)
Copies and IndexesM 1880-1973 — Cheshire BMD (TA:CED2)

Explanatory NotesIndex of Churches