We continue the good work begun by the establishment of Newton Chapelry, by what is now Manchester Cathedral, in 1556. We have seen the British Empire and Industrial Revolution come and go, with all the challenges this brings for place so heavily reliant on industry until a few generations ago.
Our Patrons are the Dean and Canons of Manchester, and the Crown, by turn.
The present building, built by an Act of Parliament in 1814, replaced the original chapel and church of 1571 which fell down in 1808. The Rector continued to preach in its ruins so that he could receive his income from Tithes.
Newton Heath is the birthplace of Manchester United which was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath. The railway depot remains, and light industry and manufacture continue within the parish boundary, somewhat scaled back since those halcyon days. High-tech has moved in thanks to EDM and the Sharp Project which is home to 60 or so pre-production, production and post-production companies; and three sound stages larger than Media City.
We are an inclusive, gently catholic worshipping community, which sees worship as mission, committed to the well-being and safe-keeping of all God's people.*
From June 2021 the Deanery of North Manchester ceased to exist; the the parishes within it have formed Mission Communities within the new Deanery of Manchester North and East. 20 deaneries became 7. Our new Deanery covers, broadly, the North and East of (the Metropolitan Borough of) Manchester, although we do dip in to Oldham and Stockport! We are within Mission Community 3 which is the old Deanery of Ardwick plus us.
The present Rector, the Reverend Andrew Wickens, came to Manchester from the Diocese of Lincoln in October 2010.
He studied Theology at Durham and Cambridge Universities, and, more recently, Canon Law at the University of Cardiff. He is an Associate of The Royal College of Music (ARCM) in Singing Performance, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
He was Minor Canon of Manchester Cathedral 2018-2021.
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