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Church of St John the Divine
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Location Brooklands Road, Brooklands, Sale, Greater Manchester, M33 3PB
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Status Active
Dedication St John the Divine
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 3 October 1974
Architect(s) Alfred Waterhouse
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1864–1868
Parish St. John, Baguley
Deanery Withington
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Manchester
Diocese Diocese of Manchester

The Church of St John the Divine is a Church of England parish church in Brooklands, Sale, Greater Manchester. The church is a grade II* listed building.


The church was built from 1864 to 1868. It was the first Anglican church designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who had previously only worked on secular buildings. It is in the Gothic Revival style and is made of coursed sandstone rubble with a red tiled roof.

In 1897, a stained glass window designed by Morris & Co. was added to the south nave. In 1907, an Arts and Crafts wrought-iron chancel screen designed by Henry Wilson was added.

On 3 October 1974, the church was designated a grade II* listed building.

Present day

The Parish of St. John, Baguley is in the Archdeaconry of Manchester in the Diocese of Manchester. The main Sunday morning service is a Family Communion.

Notable clergy

  • Jonathan Draper, later Dean of Exeter, served his curacy here
  • Stephen Cherry, later Dean of King's College, Cambridge, served his curacy here.

List of vicars

The parish priest of the Church of St John the Divine also holds the title of Vicar of Brooklands.

  • 1868–1875: Thomas Brooke
  • 1876–1912: Hugh Bethell Jones
  • 1912–1938: Cyril Bethell Jones
  • 1938–1947: J. E. Williams
  • 1947–1964: Geoffrey Newton Barker
  • 1964–1979: Ernest Buckley
  • 1980–1991: Alan Wolstencroft
  • 1991–1998: John Findon
  • 1999–2012: Ian McVeety
  • 2013–2015: Bryan Hackett
  • 2017–present: Richard Sherratt
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