Photograph supplied by and © of Mike Berrell
George and Phineas Neild, cotton spinners and mill owners, made a room available in Crown Mill on Bentinck Street to start a Sunday School. Religious services were also held here until a new schoolroom was opened on May 16th 1870, in Broadway Lane (now called Ashton Road). This was used both as a Sunday and Day School, and the many years raising funds for a new Church enabled building work to start on Easter Monday, 1879. The church is in a prominent position on Ashton Road, and is in the 13th Century style of architecture.
The Church was consecrated by Bishop Fraser on Wednesday, May 27th 1880. All seats except those in the chancel were free, and there was seating for 550 people.