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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Stalybridge Saturday: Melbourne Court


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.

See Google Aerial View of this location.
See LiveSearch Birds Eye View of this location.

2 comments:

  1. hi i was working down stalybridge when they were renovating the school and pulling the church down ,they had the grave yard closed when they removed the bodies , but months after they thought they had moved them all, and they were working on the foundation in the school ,the remains of bodies turned up they had to stop the job , get archiolgist in to confirm the age of the bodies , which had slipped under the foundation . i wonder if the rooks still occupy the grounds ?

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  2. The number of times I've walked past this place and never really looked at it! It's a lovely looking building.

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