Christ Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Address: Bridge Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6EG
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Open from April to September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 3.00pm and every second and fourth Saturday from 10.00am - 1.30pm; October to March on Mondays from 10.00am to 3.00pm
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An engineering marvel

Built in 1775 by local industrialist Charles Roe, Christ Church was constructed of brick, using innovative cast iron columns to support the galleries.This is a very early use of cast iron in a church and may reflect Roe’s innovative and entrepreneurial character. The east window glass was given in memory of Charles Roe’s son, daughter-in-law and grandson, and Roe’s ornate monument, in marble, is on the south wall. It lists a detailed description of his achievements and shows in relief his silk mill (with waterwheel), his copper works in Liverpool, and Christ Church itself.

The interior resembles a modern concert hall designed so that the congregation could all see and hear the preacher. The original pulpit was more than 3.5 metres high, allowing the preacher to command the attention of his congregation throughout this large church.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism preached from this pulpit at least 12 times. Though now somewhat altered, the pulpit still survives. The outspoken preacher David Simpson, a radical socialist who championed the cause of the poor and helped found the Sunday School Movement was the much-loved first minister of Christ Church. A window depicting the Good Samaritan, commemorates him. 

The church has a fine ring of 10 bells, which are still used regularly.

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Road directions

In Macclesfield town centre on Bridge Street.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Macclesfield (0.5 mile). Bus route numbers 42, 185, 186, 442.

OS Reference No.

SJ 914 736

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconCheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

 

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.

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  1. ann gregory (01 Jun 2012, 10:15)

    i am going to visit christchurch in the very near future. my grt grt grt grandfather james allen silk manufacturer of macclesfield is buried in your church yard i think, i wonder if you could verify this please thank you so much mrs anne gregory

  2. Rodney Scull (05 Oct 2012, 22:53)

    My friend and I came across Christ Church almost by accident on our first ever visit to Macclesfield. We really enjoyed looking round the Church - it made our day. I was impressed by all the woodwork - all those pews, steps, stairs, doors and partitions. What a design problem. Think of those early "Chippies" who made it and fitted it all. Great stuff.
    I must also say that our visit would not have been so enjoyable with out the gentleman whos enthusiasm for the Church was infectious.
    My lady friend and I will be visiting more of your Churches when the chance presents its self.
    You are doing a great job and we wish you every success in these difficult times. Rodney & Maureen

  3. James H. Lawrence (07 Dec 2012, 08:59)

    When we finally get back to England, Macclesfield's Christ Church will definitely be on the itinerary. I'm told my maternal 3rd Great Grandmother Mary Harrop 1800-1830, daughter of Benjamin Kelley and first wife of Thomas Harrop 1794-1886, is buried in the churchyard. Thomas, who was a silk weaver from Gawsworth, is buried in Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire. He came to the U.S. in 1870, with several of his eighteen children and returned a year later to England. He must have indeed been a hardy Cheshireman.
    Thank you so much for maintaining these treasured historic churches. May they stand for centuries more.

  4. Crispin Truman, CEO (27 Feb 2013, 16:04)

    Thank you for all your comments, it's great to see so much interest in this unique and wonderful building. I'm going there tomorrow for the first time - amazingly it's one of the few CCT churches I've never seen - and am very much looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to meeting some of the people locally who are involved in plans to secure Christchurch's future as part of a revived town centre.

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Christ Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Wheelchair ramp is available. There is a small step up into the church and several level changes inside.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.