A Changing Church For Changing Times

The church was originally decorated with an elaborate scheme of painted and gilded patterns and images. Evensong in 1880 would have been a dramatic spectacle, with the richly furnished church glittering in the gas light.

Changes in society and worship in the mid-twentieth century transformed the look of the church. Simpler furnishings were brought in and the ornate decoration was painted out. The number of people attending the church continued to fall, and in 1980 the church started to share its space with a Methodist congregation.

The church was eventually decommissioned in 2011. An enthusiastic group of people raised the funds to restore the church, revealing its hidden splendours and bringing it into use as Spring Bank Arts Centre in 2012. Finding a new function for the building and turning the church into an arts centre meant balancing new needs with preserving this historic building. The restoration project took about a year and the project cost around £845,000.

Find out more about the restoring the building.

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