Radcliffe, The Bridge, Milltown Street

Radcliffe Wesleyan chapel
Wesleyan Chapel Committee, 1882

This Society has been in existence since at least 1804, and originally met in cottages next to Radcliffe Bridge. In 1815, a chapel was built in Stand Lane on the site currently occupied by the library: this was replaced by the current building in 1883. A Sunday school was built on Irwell Street in 1862, and was replaced by a new building in 1905, which also served as a day school until 1978, when it was destroyed by arson. The Bridge society also ran a mission at King Street between 1893 and 1914. Bridge was part of Bury Wesleyan Methodist Circuit until 1889, when it became part of the new Radcliffe Wesleyan Circuit, and after Methodist union, the Radcliffe Methodist Circuit.

Following a competition, the Society chose Mr A. W. Smith’s design, which was to accommodate 850 persons. One of the other designs considered was by George Woodhouse. Both architects specialised in non-conformist chapels.

At the time of the 1940 Statistical Returns, this chapel could seat 950. Still open for worship.

Grid Ref: SD787069

Reference: The twenty-eighth annual report of the Wesleyan Chapel Committee, 1882 page 145

Statistical returns … as at July 1st 1940. Manchester: Methodist Church, Department of Chapel Affairs, 1947

Building News 18 March 1881 Page 313

Architects of Greater Manchester, 1800-1940. Accessed 17 December 2019 https://manchestervictorianarchitects.org.uk/

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  • M26 1WD seems to be the answer

    By Philip Thornborow (29/01/2024)
  • Thanks Donna. I am alerted if there are any comments. There may be people out there who know who Mrs Dickinson was: I would think she was probably a Sunday School teacher. Presumably you are not related, but perhaps your mother acquired the Bible at some point during her life.

    By Philip Thornborow (29/01/2024)
  • Not sure if anyone is monitoring this page. I found a bible at my late mother’s house that contained a note written on the inside page saying, “Presented to Mrs Dickinson by the Radcliffe Bridge Wesleyan Sunday school on her leaving England for America. August 10 1872.

    My grandparents and great grandparents were from England and Ireland but they lived in Newfoundland (although that didn’t join Canada until much later).
    Our family is mostly catholic but my late grandfather James Dingle Smith was not catholic. He converted to Catholicism in his 40s. Just wondered how my mom got this very old bible. The bible was published 1804.

    By Donna Prenger (28/01/2024)
  • what is its post code M26???

    By ken abbott (16/11/2021)

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