St Stephen & All Martyrs, Bolton

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St Stephen & All Martyrs, or Lever Bridge church is at the heart of the community of Darcy Lever. We aim to be an open and welcoming church, seeking to serve our neighbourhood which also includes part of the Haulgh.

We have a Sunday School meeting during the first part of our 10am service and there are Beavers and Brownies linked to the church. We are closely involved with our church aided Primary School which shares the site. There are groups for discussion and learning together, and a Mothers' Union branch.

The church building is the first of Edmund Sharpe's 3 churches built from terracotta, hence the nickname of the Pot Church. It is the prime example with ornate decorations inside and out and beautifully decorated inside. The openwork spire had to be removed in 1939 and the lower tower was removed by Fred Dibnah, the local steeplejack, in 1966.
In 1989 a massive outbreak of dry-rot was discovered. Since then the dry-rot has been eradicated, the church has been re-roofed, redecorated, the heating system replaced, some missing/damaged terracotta replaced,  the west porch re-roofed and the East end repaired, including the stained glass window.

The church is still undertaking long-term phased restoration work funded mainly by local fund-raising and English Heritage /Heritage Lottery Fund Repair Grants. The west window has recently had some of the original stained glass from the tower installed inside the newer plain glass window (it was taken out when the lower tower was removed).

Members of the church are actively involved in a variety of ways in our local community and welcome visitors from the locality and further afield. The church is open over the Open Heritage Weekend in September and most Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons - check the events calendar for details.

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St Stephen's Vicarage
Radcliffe Road
(01204) 528300 (Team Rector)

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Said Communion (Common Worship)
Every Sunday at 8:30 AM for ¾ hour
Common Worship
Parish Eucharist
Communion service with hymns (Common worship Order One) 1st Sunday is usually a Parade Service for Beavers & Brownies or an All Age Service
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
SSAMs Sunday Night
A lively and active informal monthly service for children, their parents and anyone else who would like to come. Hot chocolate with marshmallows to follow.
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly


Church Open
Call in to look ... or pray ... or chat
Church open Wednesday mornings March to November every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Ends Friday 28th November 2014.
Resumes Sunday 1st March 2015


Church Open
Call in to look ... or pray ... or chat
Church open Thursday afternoons March to November every Thursday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Ends Friday 28th November 2014.
Resumes Sunday 1st March 2015


Coffee Shop
Monthly Coffee Shop in church selling coffee, tea, chocolate and home made cakes and jams. Time to chat with friends and see the historic church.
Every first Saturday at for 2 hours
Ends Monday 8th December 2014.
Resumes Saturday 28th February 2015
Family Friendly Coffee
Sunday School Regular Choir Grade 2* Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair Access / Ramp Accessible Car parking Hearing / Induction Loop Assistance Dogs Visitor Parking Available

Visit our Church

Currently open for services, Heritage Weekend in September, and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons (March to November) - see the events calendar for details.

Nurture Courses

Emmaus run at least once a year

Other information
Clergy: The Revd Susan EDWARDS
A Church Near You ID: 16109
Built: 1842-4
Architect: Edmund Sharpe
Style of worship: Open Catholic
Our Patron: The Crown
Archdeaconry: BOLTON (243)
Deanery: WALMSLEY (24307)
Benefice: Leverhulme (24/202BR)
Parish Legal Name: Lever Bridge (240198 24/198)
CofE Church Info: (624198 24/198)
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The current editor is: Julie Johnson

St Stephen & All Martyrs off Radcliffe Road, to rear of St Stephen & All Martyrs CE Primary School, Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 1NZ

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