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Church of St Nicholas
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St Nicholas's
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Nicholas
Heritage designation Grade II
Parish Burnage
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Manchester
Province York

The Church of St Nicholas, Kingsway, Burnage, Manchester, is a Modernist church of 1930–2 by N. F. Cachemaille-Day, Lander and Welch. It was enlarged in 1964 with a bay on the west side, also by Cachemaille-Day. Pevsner describes the church as "a milestone in the history of church architecture in England". The church was designated a Grade II* listed building on 10 October 1980.

St Nicholas is one of a relatively small group of Modernist churches in England, and one of the earliest. It is "of brick, high, sheer and sculptural, with a German-inspired passion for brick grooves and ribbing, both vertical and horizontal." The building cost £11,600. The interior was plainly furnished, "the walls bare, the windows clear, but the ceiling is coffered in blue, red and gold".

In 2001-3, the church underwent significant conservation, at a cost of over 1 million pounds. The conservation included a re-ordering of the interior to provide additional meeting space, and offices, including the insertion of a "striking glass circular meeting room", designed by Anthony Grimshaw Associates from Wigan. "The church's spatial complexity is not spoiled, but rather added to", by "hanging the meeting room above head height".

List of incumbents

  • Lynne Connolly (1996 to 2002); rector of the parish
  • Paul Rolfe (2003 to 2007); priest-in-charge
  • Rachel Mann (2008 to present); rector of the parish


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