Church of St Nicholas, Burnage

Coordinates: 53°25′11″N 2°12′52″W / 53.4198°N 2.2145°W / 53.4198; -2.2145

Church of St Nicholas

St Nicholas's
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Nicholas
Parish Burnage
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Manchester
Province York
Priest(s) Rachel Mann

The Church of St Nicholas, Kingsway, Burnage, Manchester, is a Modernist church of 1930–2 by N. F. Cachemaille-Day, Lander and Welch.[1] It was enlarged in 1964 with a bay on the west side, also by Cachemaille-Day. Pevsner describes the church as "a milestone in the history of church architecture in England".[1] The church was designated a Grade II* listed building on 10 October 1980.[2]

St Nicholas is one of a relatively small group of Modernist churches in England, and one of the earliest. It is "of brick, high, sheer and sculptural, with a German-inspired passion for brick grooves and ribbing, both vertical and horizontal."[1] The building cost £11,600.[3] The interior was plainly furnished, "the walls bare, the windows clear, but the ceiling is coffered in blue, red and gold".[1]

In 2001-3, the church underwent significant restoration, at a cost of over 1 million pounds. The restoration included a re-ordering of the interior to provide additional meeting space, and offices, including the insertion of a "striking glass circular meeting room".[4] "The church's spatial complexity is not spoiled, but rather added to", by "hanging the meeting room above head height".[1]

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The incumbent of the Church of St Nicholas is titled the priest-in-charge; previously the incumbent was the rector of the parish.


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