St Mary’s Catholic Church

The Church of the Annunciation
St. Mary’s Road, New Mills, High Peak,
Derbyshire, SK22 3BW
0161 427 2408

Parish Clergy: Fr. Emmanuel Abbem (PP)

Discover the Puginian Gothic masterpiece designed by esteemed Catholic architects Weightman & Hadfield. This church, part of a notable mid-nineteenth century collection, including St Charles Borromeo and St Joseph in Stockport, maintains its original charm despite sanctuary rearrangements.

Founded in 1839 by Fr Joseph Collins, with support from locals and Lord Howard of Glossop, the £4,000 structure boasts a broach spire, a local conservation landmark. Over the years, it saw additions like a 1860 school (converted in 2005) and, in the 1930s, a presbytery, grotto, and interior reordering by Fr Heald. In 1982, the parish acquired the adjacent Labour and Trades Club.

Step inside to experience Decorated Gothic design with sandstone, Welsh slate, and traceried windows. The interior, following Pugin’s principles, features pointed arcades, tie-beam trusses, and octagonal piers. The 1950s pine-fronted west gallery houses a relocated pipe organ. Notable details include the Wailes of Newcastle east window, plain leaded glass in nave windows, and an octagonal stone font moved from the original baptistery.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of this church, adorned with late nineteenth or early twentieth century statues and the 1987-installed Stations of the Cross.

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