SJ8498 : Halle St Peter's

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

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Halle St Peter's
Halle St Peter's

St Peter's Church was built in 1859 to designs by Isaac Holden and was consecrated in 1860. In the late 1950s, the congregation was joined by that of the nearby St James' Church and briefly became known colloquially as St Peter's and Little Jimmies'. Desperately needing repairs but, with a declining congregation, struggling to ever raise enough money for them the church closed shortly after its centenary in 1960.

Twenty-five years of mixed use followed, from University theatre prop storage to a knitting factory. The building was Grade II listed LinkExternal link in 1989 as part of the designation of the Ancoats Conservation Area but in the early 1990s it was abandoned and purchased by a developer with long-term plans to convert it to residential use. The building suffered vandalism and St Peter's was left to rot, a symbol of the wider neglect and dereliction of Ancoats. In 1998 initial work began to restore St. Peter's. By 2003 a major grant had been confirmed from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as others from English Heritage, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

St Peter's Church is now a permanent rehearsal centre for the Hallé ensembles and a resource for the whole community LinkExternal link The area behind the church between Blossom Street and Hood Street has been preserved as a public open space where events can take place outside.

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Date Taken
Friday, 23 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 29 November, 2020
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Former (from Tags)
Church  Knitting Factory 
Place (from Tags)
Date (from Tags)
1860  1859 
Person (from Tags)
Isaac Holden 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8496 9868 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.0771N 2:13.6870W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8489 9864
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Church of England  Grade II Listed  Former Church Building  Rehearsal Room  Halle Orchestra  Building (Restored)  Conservation Area  English Heritage  Architectural Heritage Fund  Northwest Development Agency  Public Open Space 

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