Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

St. Michael & All Angels in Mottram

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Text from: http://www.mottramparish.org.uk/index.html

Sir Edmund Shaa, who lived locally but who rose to fame and fortune as the Lord Mayor of London, died in 1488 and left money for the building of the tower. It is possible that the whole church was rebuilt at the same time, perhaps as an enlargement of an earlier building. In 1855 the church had a major restoration, by local architect E. H. Shellard. The nave roof was raised, and the rather small upper (clerestory) windows replaced by the handsome ones we see today.
Apart from the Victorian restoration, the structure of the church remains much as it was when it was built 500 years ago. Each generation has left its mark, however, and this generation is no different.

Key Facts:

• Tower 20m high, with peel of 8 bells
• Two chapels: the Staveleigh Chapel and the Hollingworth Chapel
• Two life-size stone effigies of Sir Ralph and Lady Elizabeth Staveleigh, died about 1420
• Marble statue of Reginald Bretland, Sergeant-at-Law, died 1703
• 12th century ‘barrel’ font
• Alabaster pulpit in memory of E. H. Shellard
• Mottram village war memorial, inside the church
• In the churchyard are the Old Hearse House and Mottram Grammar School
• In the churchyard is the empty grave of Lewis Brierley, whose body was stolen by body snatchers in 1827

It's been a few years since I last visited this fine place... the church yard is excellent to explore and the views are glorious. The place is full of interest, and can be such a peaceful please to sit and rest.


Marjorie said...

He built a Grammar school in Stockport, too.

Anonymous said...

I know this place like the back of my hand.the view looking down church brow is looking towards saddleworth moor in the distance the small building is the charnel house which also doubled as a carriage house i think.to the left of the photo just out of shot is an old footpath which takes you down towards the park and the old vicarage on ashworth lane.the inside of the church is quite stunning the woodwork is exceptional if you get the chance ask to see charlie chapelmouse which a mouse carved into one of the pews by the master carpenter responsible for the woodworking on show.many happy times and memories