Sunday, 29 June 2014
St Mark's Church, Bredbury and Woodley
The lych gate of St Mark's church. On the left is Redhouse Lane. On the right is the A560, Stockport Road East. The church lies between the two roads and serves the joint parish of Bredbury and Woodley. At this time of year a view of the church itself is blocked by the trees.
St Mark's is a Grade II listed building which was built 1847-8 by Shellard for the Church Commissioners with dressed stone, ashlar and slate roofs. It has a 3-sided gallery plan with a small chancel and a west tower flanked by entrance bays. There is a 5-bay nave and aisles without clerestory, projecting stone plinth, sill band, eaves band, coped parapet and coped gables with octagonal corner pinnacles. Each bay has paired lancets with colonnettes and a weathered gableted buttress (angled at corners).
The 5-stage tower has set-back buttresses which are transformed at the fifth stage in octagonal corner columns to rise as ornate pinnacles. There is a clock in the third stage and 2-light belfry openings with clock and parapet above.
I showed you a close-up of the clockface in last Wednesday's post.
The flag of St George is flying on top of the tower. Next to it is what I think is a CCTV camera.
Visit the Church website for details of its current activities.
A contribution to Inspired Sundays.