Funding joy sparks restoration project for Manchester church

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

A city-centre church is set to receive a five-figure funding boost to help preserve its beautiful building for future generations.

St Mary’s Church in Manchester – also known as the Hidden Gem – has been granted £30,000 from National Churches Trust to help pay for urgent repairs to rainwater goods and for roof and dome repairs.

The Grade II*-listed church also received an additional £6,750 from the Benefact Trust, £6,000 from The Wolfson Foundation, and £2,000 from a private charitable trust, as well as other donations from charitable organisations and parishioners.

These generous donations will provide a new lease of life for this much-loved church, which has suffered from increased extreme weather conditions over recent years, including intense rainfall.

Work commenced on phase one of the restoration project in April and is expected to take three to four months to complete, at an estimated cost of £250,000.

Located in Mulberry Street, near Manchester Town Hall, the church is a stunning blend of Norman, Gothic, and Byzantine design and is also home to a remarkable Stations of the Cross by 20th-century artist Norman Adams. Click here to pray along now.

A spokesperson for the parish said: “We are delighted by the news that we have been awarded this grant from the National Churches Trust. This funding will allow us to make vital repairs to our listed Church: safeguarding it, and the precious Norman Adam artworks within, for future generations.“

“It will also allow us to continue to open our doors and welcome the many parishioners, residents and visitors that seek out solace in our historic ‘Hidden Gem’ in the heart of Manchester.”

Please click here to find out more about St Mary’s and the restoration project. If you would like to help protect the future of this beautiful church with a financial donation, please click here. 

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