St George's History

St George Stalybridge
Church History




Old St. Geoges                                                 New St. Georges

The Parish of St George, Stalybridge has an unusual history. Originally consecreated in 1776,  the building of the 'Cocker Hill Chapel of Ease' was a welcome alternative for the faithful as the other options for worship were to travel either to the parish church in Ashton-Under-Lyne or to Mottram.

By 1835 the Cocker Hill chapel was in poor condition and in danger of falling down so  a new Church was comissioned and concecreated in 1840, dedicated as St George of the Hague, and the Vicar of Old St Georges, Revd Issac France,  took over as incumbrant of the new church. This did not go well with the old congregation who organised the rebuilding of the old church and it was reopened on the 29th of September 1843 and prospered with Revd. William Hall as vicar. New St Georges did not prosper as Revd France appears not to have been popular, also the building of several other churches in Stalybridge and Dukinfield reduces the catchment area. In 1846, Revd France exercised his 'right of return' and went back as incumbant to the old church, displacing the sucessful Revd. Hall. This unpopular move met strong resistance  which continued until Revd.French collapsed and died in 1850.  The full story is  detailed in the book 'Two Into One Will Go' by Canon Paul Denby ( Text available on the links on the left of this page). 

The situation of having two St Georges in Stalybridge continued for 127 years until Old St Georges was decommissioned in 1967 and the two congregations were merged.