Longsdon S.Chad, Longsdon

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The Church Building :

An impressive Grade II* listed building designed by Gerald Horsley and consecrated in 1905.   Built of local stone in the Decorated Gothic style with a superb west tower and spire, it stands in spacious grounds on the A53 just two miles from Leek on the Newcastle Road.

The altar frontals by Leek School of Embroidery are still in use.


The three Parishes of the United Benefice : 

S. Michael, Horton, S. Chad, Longsdon and S. Lawrence, Rushton Spencer nestle in the breath-taking beauty of the Staffordshire Moorlands.    They border on the ancient (1214) silk-mill market-town of Leek on the River Churnet and famous for its Wednesday market and abundance of antique shops and warehouses.


Nearby, (approx. 3 miles) is Britain’s favourite theme park  -  Alton Towers.    By contrast, if you prefer a more leisurely and reflective experience there is Biddulph Grange (approx. 2 miles – National trust restored Victorian Gardens.    Here you will find a plant collection from all over the world  -  a global journey from an Italian Terrace to an Egyptian pyramid via a Himalayan glen and Chinese inspired garden.


At the heart of our three parishes is the famous Rudyard Lake.   

The lake is two and half miles long and was created more than two centuries ago for the then expanding canal system of the West Midlands.    This is where two newly-weds spent their honeymoon in 1865 and after which they named their son who became that very “English” poet  -  Rudyard Kipling.     Today, Rudyard Lake offers an opportunity for walking, boating, sailing and fishing and also a ride on a miniature steam train.       Lying in a fold of thickly wooded hillsides, Rudyard Lake   -    known as the “Hidden Gem of the Staffordshire Moorlands”   -   is a haven of peace and tranquility.


New Website -  visit www.unitedbeneficechlr.co.uk

Use the link on the right hand side of the screen 'Our Web Site' to visit it.



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Sue Egerton
We now have our own New Website for the whole benefice.

Use the link on the right hand side of the screen 'Our Web Site' to visit it.
01538 371456

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Stained Glass Floodlight
Hall for Hire Small church room available for hire for small functions or meetings.Contact Vicarage
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Incumbent: The Revd Amanda Shirley Gail PIKE
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4379
Diocesan ID: 20/306
Built: 1905
Architect: Gerald Horsley
Our Patron: Bishop of Lichfield
Archdeaconry: STOKE-ON-TRENT (202)
Deanery: LEEK (20204)
Parish Legal Name: Longsdon (200306 )
CofE Church Info: (620306 20/306)
Short URL: acny.uk/4379/
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The current editor is: Sue Egerton

This page was last updated on Monday 6th April 2015
Longsdon S.Chad : Leek Road, Longsdon, Longsdon, Staffordshire, ST9 9QF

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