The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Eccles has stood on the same site for at least 800 years and is therefore the oldest church in the City of Salford. As such, it is attracting an ever- increasing number of visitors who wish to share in a sense of history and also, perhaps, establish some sort of link with the thousands of people from the parish who over eight centuries have worshipped and found solace and comfort within its walls. The Parish Church has a fascinating story to tell which is well worth following up.
These web pages will help you to do so by setting out chronologically the changes to the building since Norman times and showing how they fitted into the national picture. We have tried to ensure the accuracy of our information by using the most recent research to update the usual authorities.