1895 – Church, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire

Architect: John Brooke


Albion United Reformed Church is a gothic style grade II* listed building erected in 1895. On completion the Church was said to be the most beautiful Congregational Church building in England, with glorious stained glass designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and installed by William Morris. The entire structure is in stone, the interior is red sandstone. The Church is early perpendicular on the orthodox medieval cruciform plan of nave, aisles, transcepts, chancel, and seating a thousand. It is a restrained riot of stone screens, Dantzic oak wainscotting, teak and woodblock and encaustic tiled floors, hammerbeam roofs, tracery-filled and angel-finished, the angels in the choir clasping – as they do in Manchester Cathedral – harp and trumpet, cymbals and hand-organ. Perspective & interior view including ground plan published in The Building News, June 19th 1891.

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