Sunday, 16 June 2013

St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church was built as a chapel at ease, at the behest of William Wright, in red brick with slate roof and round-headed windows to the nave. The west tower rises to an octagonal belfry with clock face. The chancel was added in 1888.

William Wright was Lord of the Manor of Offerton and Mottram St Andrew. His town house in Stockport was the Mansion House on High Street and St Petersgate was constructed by him as a convenient route between his house and his church.

It was consecrated on 31st May 1768 by Bishop Edmund Keene. In 1861 St Peter's became an "Ecclesiastical District", only becoming a fully fledged Parish in 1968. In 1985 the Parish became a United Benefice with St Thomas.

The church clock, built in 1769 by John Whitehurst, is the oldest public clock in Greater Manchester. The mechanism is on view in the church having been restored to working order in 1985.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.


  1. great post. gorgeous!

    i can't see why your way of linking up is not a problem. it's cool with me... we just want folks to link up .. i enjoy seeing churches from all over the world.

    have a great weekend. ( :

  2. Those are some great shots of an interesting church.

  3. Curious about the description "chapel at ease"? Does this refer to a church that the nobility would use for worship when they're at country homes? Unusual design for the bell tower/steeple--very substantial. The interior of this church is very restrained and beautifully appointed. Like that there is not a lot of ornamentation.

    1. a "chapel at ease" is one built within a parish for the convenenience of those of were unable to attend the Parish church.

  4. One! What an impressive church. Thank you for sharing it last week.