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Christ Church, West Didsbury
The Parish Church of Christ, West Didsbury, Manchester
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53°25′25″N 2°15′24″W / 53.4235°N 2.2567°W / 53.4235; -2.2567Coordinates: 53°25′25″N 2°15′24″W / 53.4235°N 2.2567°W / 53.4235; -2.2567
Location West Didsbury, Manchester
Country England
Denomination Church of England
History
Founder(s) Mr. William Roberts
Dedication Christ
Consecrated 6 August 1882
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade 2
Years built 1878 - 1882
Specifications
Capacity 350
Materials Sandstone & Brick
Bells 8
Administration
Parish West Didsbury & Withington
Deanery Withington
Archdeaconry Manchester
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Clergy
Rector The Revd Anne Pilkington
Asst Curate(s) The Revd Tom Studman
Laity
Reader(s) Barbra Malone
Organist/Director of music Richard Lowe
Chapter clerk Beric Bartlett
Churchwarden(s) Barbra Malone
Verger Marion Davies

Christ Church, West Didsbury is the Parish Church of West Didsbury and part of Withington in Manchester. The parish is home to almost 18,000 people.

It is notable in part as it is one of the most passed churches in Manchester as it is on the entry to Manchester on the A5013 (Princess Parkway). Thousands of motorists pass its stone tower every day.

History

The Church was built in 1881 as a gift to the community from Mr. William Roberts of Darleydale and cost £13,000. The architect was Henry Littler. It was, for many years, known as 'Christ Church-in-the-fields' due to its placement in a semi-rural setting; it is now in a suburban area.

Between 1979 and 1981 the church was closed due to major extension of Princess Parkway and during this time the church was completely reordered and redecorated. The west entrance was sealed off and a new east entrance was created into what was the organ chamber. The old Jardine organ was disposed of and a redundant organ was purchased and rebuilt in a new case at the west end.

In December 2006 Christ Church joined forces with St. Christopher’s Church in Withington and became a single parish. The current Rector is Anne Pilkington who came to the church from William Temple Church in Wythenshawe.

Concert venue and organ

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Looking west from the quire

Christ Church is a venue for concerts due to its excellent acoustics (especially for chamber music) and flexible interior. It is the regular 'home' of the Manchester Chamber Choir and The William Byrd Singers of Manchester.

The church has a pipe organ of 42 speaking stops based on by JJ Binns of Leeds. It was brought to Christ Church in 1981 and rebuilt and enlarged in a new case at the West end. More recently (2013), the organ has been rebuilt by A. J. Carter of Wakefield. Changes included new digital combination and transmission systems along with repairs to the wind system. There is also a 2-manual Viscount Physis organ in the chancel which is used for choral accompaniment and can also operate the west-end organ via a midi link.

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