Church of St Margaret, Burnage Lane, Burnage
Yesterday Mr Hugh Birley MP laid the foundation stone of a new church to be dedicated to St Margaret, at Burnage. ... The new edifice is being erected on a site given by Lord Egerton of Tatton and will front Burnage Lane. When completed it will consist of chancel, nave with five bays, north and south aisles, tower and spire at the west end, and organ transept, but at present , it is intended to build only the chancel, three bays of the nave and south aisle so as to provide accommodation for 250 persons. The style is Gothic; the exterior walls will be built of Runcorn and Lymm stone, and the high pitched roof will be tiles. The total length of the church is 83 feet, and the width 23 feet, the height to the apex of the roof being 45 feet. The estimated cost of the work now in progress is ,3,850. .... Messrs Paley and Austin, of Lancaster, are the architects of the church, and Mr W Winnard, of Wigan, the builder. [Manchester Guardian 11 April 1874 page 9]
The village of Burnage was in the parish of Withington but was almost two miles from the parish church. For many years previously divine service had been held in the school-room. According to a report in the British Architect, the new church, in the Decorated style of about 1300, was consecrated by Bishop of Manchester "last week" - about 19 March 1875.
Reference Manchester Guardian 2 August 1873 page 1- contracts
Reference Manchester City News 11 April 1874 Page 3, Column 6
Reference Manchester Guardian 11 April 1874 page 9
Reference British Architect 26 March 1875 Page 180 - consecration