Victoria Wesleyan Church Bolton Road Newtown Pendlebury
Built between 1901 and 1903, the church replaced a smaller chapel in Moss Lane dating from about 1850. In the early part of the twentieth century there were four other Methodist Churches in Pendlebury - Ellesmere Street (Wesleyan), Happy Land (United), Bethel (Primitive) and Wesley (Wesleyan), - all of which have closed. In 1999 the Church Council decided to abandon the main Church building and move into the schoolroom - refurbished as a dual purpose building. The pews, organ and stained glass window from the Church have been sold.
NEW WESLEYAN CHURCH FOR PENDLEBURY, LAYING THE MEMORIAL STONES - Last Saturday the memorial stones of a handsome church were laid on a site near Newtown Colliery in the presence of a large crowd. The design shows a spire and front similar to the Swinton Wesleyan Church, Messes Waddington Son and Dunkerley, Manchester, being the architects. The new church is to seat about 500 persons. There will be a Minister’s and other vestries and a school for about 350 scholars, with five classrooms. The tender from Messrs S Rawlinson and Son for £3,600 has been accepted. It has been decided to name the edifice "Victoria Wesleyan Church" and thus link it with the memory of the late Queen Victoria. ... report continues with extensive details of the ceremonies. [Eccles and Patricroft Journal Friday 27 September 1901 Page 8 Column 2]
Seventeen memorial stones of the Victoria Wesleyan Church in Bolton Road Newtown Pendlebury were laid on Saturday. The church, which will cost about £4,000, will accommodate nearly 600 people. [Manchester Guardian Monday 23 September 1901 Page 7 Column 5]
Wesleyan Chapel at Pendlebury cost £3,883 according to the Wesleyan Connexion Chapel Committee Annual report. [Manchester Guardian 22 January 1903 Page 6 (Churches)]
Foundation Memorial stone laid Saturday 21 September 1901.
Reference Eccles and Patricroft Journal Friday 27 September 1901 Page 8 Column 2
Reference Manchester Guardian Monday 23 September 1901 Page 7 Column 5
Reference Building News 27 September 1901 Page 436