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St George's Church, Hyde
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St George's Church, Hyde, from the southeast
Coordinates: 53°26′48″N 2°04′44″W / 53.4466°N 2.0788°W / 53.4466; -2.0788
OS grid reference SJ 949 944
Location Church Street, Hyde,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Website St George, Hyde
History
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint George
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 1 October 1985
Architect(s) T. W. and C. Atkinson
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1831
Completed 1832
Specifications
Capacity 250
Materials Stone, slate roof
Administration
Parish St George, Hyde
Deanery Mottram
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Jeremy Bentliff
Laity
Reader(s) Barbara Hollington, David Hollington, Susan Nykorak, Marjorie Trueman
Organist(s) Wendy Richardson
Churchwarden(s) Carol Richardson, Dorothy Goodwin
Parish administrator Wendy Richardson

St George's Church is on Church Street, Hyde, Greater Manchester, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Mottram, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the diocese of Chester. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.

History

St George's was built in 1831–32 to a design by T. W. and C. Atkinson. A grant of £4,788 (equivalent to £360,000 in 2018)2018 was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission. It was originally a chapel of ease to St Mary's Church, Stockport. A shallow chancel was added in 1882–83. The interior of the church was remodelled in 1885, the pulpit being moved from its previous central position, the seating was changed, and the organ was relocated. Considerable damage was done to the structure and furnishings of the church in the 1980s by dry rot.

Architecture

The church is constructed in stone with a slate roof. Its architectural style is Gothic Revival. The plan consists of a seven-bay nave with north and south aisles, a single-bay chancel, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages and contains a west door above which is a four-light window. The middle stage contains circular clock faces, and in the upper stage are two-light bell openings. At the top of the tower is a coped parapet. On the corners of the tower, and at the corners of the body of the church, are octagonal columns rising to form pinnacles. Along the sides of the church are lancet windows. The east window has five lights. On the wall of the south aisle is a sundial. In 1838 a two-manual pipe organ by Samuel Renn was installed. This was rebuilt in 1912 by Ravensdale of Stockport, but is no longer in the church. There is a ring of eight bells, all cast in 1920 by John Taylor and Company of Loughborough.

External features

Outside the church are two associated structures, both of which are listed at Grade II. At the entrance to the churchyard on the north side is a lychgate dated 1855. It consists of a stone base with octagonal stone piers and timber posts supporting a slate roof. The ridge of the roof consists of pierced tiles, and on the gables are cross finials. To the northwest of the church is a hearse house constructed in stone with a slate roof. Its keystone is inscribed with the date 1841 and a skull and crossbones. The churchyard contains memorial headstones commemorating six soldiers of World War I who buried in it, but whose graves are not individually marked.

List of vicars

The list of vicars of St George's church, Hyde since the church was built in 1832; source:

  • Herbert Allkin (1832–1849)
  • Alexander Read (1849–1875)
  • William H. Lowder, M.A. (1875–1888)
  • William G. Bridges, M.A. (1888–1906)
  • John A. Davys, M.A. (1906–1916)
  • Harold J. Graham, M.A. (1916–1931)
  • Frederic C. Sellar, M.A. (1932–1933)
  • Edward V. Dawson, B.A. (1933–1942)
  • Thomas A. Parker, L.TH. (1942–1955)
  • Duncan Baird (1955–1967)
  • L. Roy Lawrence, M.A. (1968–1975)
  • Michael W. Walters, BSc (1975–1982)
  • Geoffery H. Greenough, B.A. B.D. (1982–1987)
  • John H. Darch, M.A. (1988–1999)
  • T. S. McCabe, BSc (2000)
  • Steven J. Wilson, Btech (2000–2010)
  • Joanna C. Parker, M.A. (2011–2017)
  • Jeremy Bentliff (2018–present)
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