kids encyclopedia robot

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury
Bury Parish Church 08 April 2017.jpg
Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury
Lua error in Module:Location_map at line 420: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
OS grid reference SD 80433 10863
Location The Rock, Bury,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Bury Parish Church
Status Parish church
Founded 971 CE
Dedication Virgin Mary
Consecrated Candlemas 1876
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 13 July 2006
Architect(s) J. S. Crowther
(1870 rebuild)
Architectural type Church
Completed 1876
Length 141 feet (43.0 m)
Nave width 30 feet (9.1 m)
Height 76 feet (23.2 m)
Materials Dressed stone exterior partially lined in brick
Slate roof
Bells Eight
Deanery Bury
Archdeaconry Bolton
Diocese Manchester
Province York

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin is located at the highest point in the town centre of Bury, Greater Manchester, England. The church is located on the edge of the town centre, and is just a few minutes walk from the town's bus and tram station, as well as the Millgate Shopping Centre and the newly built the Rock. The main body of the church was completed on the 2 February 1876, the steeple predates it to 1842. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.

The church is a regimental church of the Lancashire Fusiliers, a former garrison church, and services are held for the garrison on Remembrance Sunday, Gallipoli Sunday and on other occasions.


Bury Parish Church HDR
The interior of the church

Church records suggest that the first church was built on the site in 971 A.D. when parishes were first formed by King Edgar of England, although this is likely to have been a wood and thatch structure. Churches of this type of construction are thought to have been used until a church in the gothic style was completed in 1585. Between 1773 and 1780 the main body of this church was demolished and rebuilt leaving only the spire from the original church. The spire was replaced in 1842 but by 1870 the wood in the rest of the church had rotted and a new building was needed. The new church designed by the architect J. S. Crowther, leaving the 1842 spire in place, was officially opened on Candlemas Day 1876.


The building is of dressed stone with slate roofs, with a buttressed 3-stage tower with a spire. The interior features a hammerbeam and tie-beam roof and mosaic flooring. There is stained glass by Hardman and Clayton and Bell.

The clock in the tower was the gift of Henry Whitehead, formerly High Sheriff of Lancashire.

kids search engine
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.