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St Philip's Church, Salford
Church of St Philip with St Stephen, Salford.jpg
St Philip's Church, Salford, from the south
Coordinates: 53°29′02″N 2°15′47″W / 53.4840°N 2.2631°W / 53.4840; -2.2631
OS grid reference SJ 826 986
Location Wilton Place, Salford,
Greater Manchester
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Philip, Salford
History
Status Parish church
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 31 January 1952
Architect(s) Sir Robert Smirke
Architectural type Church
Style Greek Revival
Groundbreaking 1822
Completed 1824
Construction cost £14,670
Specifications
Materials Stone
Administration
Parish St Philip with St Stephen, Salford
Deanery Salford
Archdeaconry Salford
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Clergy
Rector Rev Gareth Robinson
Curate(s) Rev Chris Sayburn

St Philip's Church (now called Saint Philips Chapel Street) is located at Wilton Place, just off "Chapel Street" Salford, Greater Manchester, England.

Saint Philips Chapel Street is an old church on a new journey: a church plant in partnership with New Wine that launched in September 2016.

At the invitation of the Bishops of Manchester and Salford, the church under the leadership of Gareth Robinson (Rector) and Chris Sayburn (Curate) is a vibrant and contemporary expression of the Church of England in partnership with New Wine, whose worship and life is biblically based, missional, open-hearted, and creative, to see the region transformed with the good news of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The church's vision is to make and equip disciples of Jesus, develop leaders, be a blessing to both secular and sacred, plant new churches and seek first God’s kingdom with a focus on young adults and the poor, working in partnership with other churches and denominations.

Saint Philips Chapel Street is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Salford, the archdeaconry of Salford, and the diocese of Manchester. 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. In planning the church its architect Sir Robert Smirke re-used his design for St Mary's Church, Bryanston Square, Wyndham Place, London. The design of its tower was also used for St Anne's Church, Wandsworth.

History

The church was built between 1822 and 1824 to a design by Sir Robert Smirke. A grant of £16,804 (equivalent to £1,180,000 in 2018)2018 was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission. The interior of the church was re-ordered in 1895 by J. Medland Taylor. In 1962 the nearby church of St Stephen closed, and the parishes merged to form the parish of St Philip with St Stephen.

Architecture

Exterior

St Philip's is constructed in ashlar stone. Its architectural style is Greek Revival. It has an undivided plan, with a semicircular portico to the south surmounted by a bell tower. The body of the church is expressed as two storeys. The windows in the upper storey are round-headed, and those in the lower storey are straight-headed. There are nine bays along the north and south sides, and three bays along the east and west sides. The central three bays on the south side are occupied by the portico that encloses a semicircular porch. The portico is carried on an Ionic colonnade with a balustraded parapet. The bell tower has plain pilasters between which are round-arched openings that are alternately open and blind. Above this stage are four clock faces, and the summit is capped by a dome. The clock was made by Whitehurst and Company of Derby. On the west front are three doorways; the central bay projects slightly forward, and has a pediment above the doorway.

Interior

Inside the church are galleries on three sides. The stained glass in the east window dates from the mid to late 19th century and was designed by R .B. Edmundson of Manchester. In the southeast chapel is a memorial window to the First World War by Humphries, Jackson and Ambler, also of Manchester. The two-manual organ was made by Renn and Boston in 1829. It was moved forward from a position above the west door to the west gallery in 1873 by Alex Young and Company. who also carried out modifications. The organ was cleaned and restored in 1915 by Wadsworth and Company. In 1963 N. P. Mander carried out a further restoration with more modifications.

Present day

Taken from Saint Philips Chapel Street Website

"Saint Philips is an old church on a new journey: a church plant in partnership with New Wine launched in September 2016.

At the invitation of the Bishops of Manchester and Salford, we are developing a church which will be a vibrant and contemporary expression of the Church of England in partnership with New Wine, whose worship and life is biblically based, missional, open-hearted, and creative, to see the region transformed with the good news of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The church will make and equip disciples of Jesus, develop leaders, be a blessing to both secular and sacred, plant new churches and seek first God’s kingdom with a focus on young adults and the poor, working in partnership with other churches and denominations".

In addition to church services on Sundays, the church is used for concerts, recitals and community activities. It is open to visitors between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesdays.

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