Church of St. George, Whit Lane, Charlestown, Pendleton, Salford
CONSECRATION OF ST GEORGE'S CHURCH, PENDLETON - The new church of St George, Charlestown, Pendleton was consecrated on Saturday afternoon by the Lord Bishop of Manchester. The Rev H M Harmer, the incumbents has, for four years, conducted services in a building erected as a school and the licence for that building is now, of course, revoked. The new church is in the decorated Gothic style, and has been erected from the designs of Mr E H Shellard, architect of this city, the contractors being Messrs Statham & Son. The building is 71 feet 6 inches long and 41 feet 6 inches wide; it consists of nave and chancel, with south aisle, there being an ornamental bell-cote at the west end; and the intention is hereafter to erect a north aisle and tower and spire - contingencies dependent upon the securing of funds, and the practical carrying out of which has been prepared for by the architect. The chancel is 27 feet long and the corresponding length of the south aisle is occupied by the vestry and organ chamber, the latter being surrounded by a neat iron railing and curtains. The roofs are open-timbered, stained in imitation of old English oak; and the height to the ridge in the chancel and nave is 45 feet clear, that of the south aisle being 35 feet or 36 feet. Between the nave and aisle there runs a light arcade of five pointed arches: the east end of the chancel is occupied by a good and large window of five lights, with effective tracery; and the side windows are of two lights each. The entrance is through a porch on the south side and the exterior is of Yorkshire pierre-point stone, with Peel stone dressings. The total cost of the building has been about ,3,800, the cost having been increased by the additional depth to which a north slope on the site rendered it necessary to carry the foundations. The site was given by Mr J P Fitzgerald and so far no debt has been incurred. ... The foundation stone was laid about eleven months since by the Rev A. Lane, rector of St Thomas's Pendleton. The church will accommodate 449 persons; but only 140 of the seats are reserved, 309 being perfectly free. (Report continues with details of consecration service). [ Manchester Guardian Monday 4 October 1858 Page 2 Column 5]
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Reference Manchester Courier 25 April 1857 page 6 - contracts
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Reference Manchester Guardian Monday 4 October 1858 Page 2 Column 5 – consecration