ST GEORGE STALYBRIDGE
Welcome to St George’s built in 1840 to replace the Chapel on Cocker Hill, (referred to as 'Old St George's).
We hope this guide will be of interest to you as you walk around the building, pointing out some of the beautiful and interesting features to be enjoyed here.
A more detailed guide is available in the book written by a former vicar of St George’s Canon Paul Denby “Two into One will Go”. Contact us for more information.
SOME KEY DATES
1776, July 5th - The first Chapel built on Cocker Hill for those who could not easily reach the church of St Michael in Ashton. Consecrated as the “Chapel of St George in Staley Bridge within Ridgehill and Lanes in the Parish of Ashton Underlyne” The plan had an octagonal shape.
1778, May 15th - The chapel falls down
1780, March - Cocker Hill Chapel rebuilt
1840 - New St George’s built and dedicated on 24th June 1840
1877, February 12th - major landslip occurs on Cocker Hill
1881 - Balconies removed at the New church
1882 - Old St George’s Chapel closes
1888, March 21st - Old St George’s re-opens
1890, 50th Anniversary - Reredos added behind High Altar and the lower section of the main window (which showed the four Gospel writers) was moved to create the Evangelists’ window
1967 - Old St George’s closes
1967 - First service at the united benefice of St George
1968 - Old St George’s demolished
1976 - Interior wall built to provide community rooms with upstairs dance floor
1976, June 12th - Dedication of New Rooms
2015/6 - Some pews removed for access for the disabled
We hope that you enjoy visiting our church which has been a place of worship since 1840.
As you walk around, we invite you to reflect on this sacred place; the stories it tells and the communities it has served and continues to do so now.
You may wish to sit quietly, to pray, or to light a candle.
If you have enjoyed your visit, and would like to make a donation to the life and work of St George’s, please do so. The work goes on. Thank you.
©St Georges 2019-23
ENJOY ST GEORGE’S
Working clockwise from the west end (main entrance)...
(click on links to see a photo)
1 Main Entrance to Church and Tower
2 Entrance to Community rooms
3 Vicars of St George’s
4 Crèche with painted walls
5 Choir Vestry
6 Plaque in memory of Colin Wilson
8 Toilets (gents)
9 Toilets (ladies and disabled)
10 Wardens of St George’s plaque
11 Entrance to the worship area
12 Altar from Old St George’s Cocker Hill
13 Book of Remembrance
17 Angel Font
18 Paschal candle
19 Memorial to the First Lay Reader, Mr Alfred Wright
20 Nave Altar (dedicated to various people)
21 Credence Table
23 Choir stalls
25 High altar
27 Mothers’ Union Flag (New St George)
28 Aumbry (dedicated to Alice Brierley and Harry Wright)
29 Mothers’ Union Flag (Old St George)
30 Votive Candle Stand
35 1914-1919 War Memorial to the Dead
36 Memorial plaque to Marjorie Burns
37 1914-1919 War Memorial to the Dead, Wounded and those serving
38 Plaque to those killed in 1914-1919 and 1939-1945
40 Revd Thomas Murphy Oldfield Plaque
“Almost thou persuadest me to be a christian” (Acts 26.28)
Outside there is also the gravestone of the First Member of Parliament and a number of Commonwealth War Graves