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Manchester's Lost Churches

Apart from St Ann, the only legacy of Manchester's 18th century churches is one or two open spaces in the centre and William Peckitt's glass from St John, which is now in St Ann. The most accomplished was James Waytt's St Peter, started in 1788, with its Greek porticoGlossary Term, the only one for which an architect is known. Others did not lack ambition. St John, of 1768-9. was an early example of the GothicGlossary Term Revival nehich had galleris supported by slender GothicGlossary Term cast-iron columns. It was built for local landowner and businessman Edward Byrom whose choice of style may be explained by the fact that he was, according to Aston's 1804 Manchester Guide, 'a zealous churchman, and much attached to all its ceremonies'. St Mary, west of Deansgate (1753-6), was conventional apart from the extraordinary tower. The GothicGlossary Term third stage was copied from the medieval parish church, and topped by an approximation of the rotundaGlossary Term and steepleGlossary Term of James Gibbs' St Martin-in-the-Fields in London (1722-6). Dr Joan Lane attributes the addition to Timothy Lightholer.

Dates of consecration and demolition (dem.) are given, unless otherwise stated.

  • St Mary, Parsonage, 1756, dem.1928
  • St Paul, Turner Street, 1765, rebuilt 1878, dem.1984
  • St John, Byrom Street, 1769, dem.1931
  • St Michael, Angel Meadow, 1789, dem.1907
  • St Peter, St Peter's Square, 1794, dem.1907
  • St Clement, Stevenson Square, 1793, dem. c.1878.
  • St George, Rochdale Road, started 1778, consecrated 1818, dem.1977