For a small town centre, Stalybridge has quite a lot of interesting old buildings. Opposite the Post Office on Trinity Street is this building, now part of Melbourne Court. It stands beside the River Tame next to Victoria Bridge.
The building was originally Stalybridge Congregational Church Hall. The church was situated next door but was demolished after being destroyed by fire. A modern replacement church was built just off Acres Lane. A sheltered housing complex was built on the site of the church and the former church hall was incorporated into this. On the left of the photo you can see that there are enclosed links between the old and new buildings.
The old church opened in 1861 and the hall a little later. A photo of the church and hall before the fire can be seen on this web page.
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