It’s very difficult to determine the date of the first Church in Flixton. The first references to the Church speak of it as already existing and the old church of St Michael’s is mentioned in the doomsday book. Though there is no evidence of a Saxon church here, the Normans never claimed to have founded a church on this site. Soon after 1066, the Normans acquired the land and the Norman carving above the East Window on the exterior of the building testifies to a stone-built Norman Church.
Therefore, there may well have been a Rector and poor wooden church in Flixton prior to the arrival of the Normans. It’s probably safe to say that Christians have worshipped in this place for at least 900 years making this one of the oldest foundations in Manchester Diocese.
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