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St Pauls Church, Ramsbottom – A Short History

St Paul’s is a stunning grade II listed Church in the centre of Ramsbottom, Bury – discover a little about it’s history here

St Paul’s is a stunning grade II listed Church in the centre of Ramsbottom, Bury – just a few moments from the Ramsbottom Train Station on the East Lancashire Heritage Railway.

St. Paul’s was assigned a District from Holcombe by Order in Council – 23 May 1844 (London Gazette, 3 June 1844). The church was consecrated on 23 October 1850 on land given by a local farmer.

According to Genuki ‘The church of St. Paul is a stone building in the Early English style, erected in 1850 at a cost of £3,400, and consists of chancel, nave, vestry, north aisle, south porch, organ chamber and a tower with spire containing 8 bells, hung in 1879.’

Part of the parish was assigned to St. Andrew’s, Ramsbottom, by Order in Council, 12 February 1876 (London Gazette, 15 February 1876).

In 1981 St. Paul’s was united with St. John’s, Shuttleworth, as St. John and St. Paul, Ramsbottom, both churches being retained for worship, by Order in Council, 13 April (London Gazette, 16 April 1981).

Licensing of Rev Ian Fleming 17 Jan 2024
Licensing of Rev Ian Fleming as Team Rector (Rev Ian Fleming, Archdeacon Rachel Mann, Bishop of Bolton Matthew Porter)

In a significant development for St Paul’s Church, Ramsbottom, Rev. Ian Fleming was appointed as the team rector on January 17, 2024. This marks a new chapter in the church’s leadership and community involvement. Rev. Fleming brings a fresh vision and commitment to the church’s ongoing mission in serving the local community. His appointment is anticipated to enhance the church’s role in Ramsbottom, fostering spiritual growth and community engagement.

Take a look at the amazing stained glass windows in the below video, thanks to Alan from the Ramsbottom Jigsaw Festival (a yearly fundraiser).

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Today, St Paul’s has a growing congregation, including a Sunday School catering for children aged 12 months to 12 years. Weekly services of alternate weeks of Holy Communion and Family Worship each Sunday at 11.00am (all are welcome to join).

Visit St Paul’s Website here.

All images Andy Kinsey / iNostalgia

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Andy is the Editor of iNostalgia and is a regular contributor the exploring history & nostalgia category, with a love for community nostalgia.

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