THE BEGINNING 1841-1981
People said when the scheme was first proposed, “What is the use of building a church in Dukinfield? For there are not more than five church people in the village”
However, brighter days were at hand, and a few faithful men met together and said “Let us build.
There is no record of those early days but it is known that the three men who were foremost in the good work were :-
Edward Sidebottom, father of the first Member of Parliament for Stalybridge;
William Taylor, brother of the first Incumbent;
William Wilde, whose grave lies a few feet from the East end of the Chancel.
These were men not easily deterred by difficulties about the site and even greater difficulties about funds. The original intention was to erect a building “like a barn” without pillars and arches, and with only the stump of a tower, but after the foundations had been laid new friends came forward and it was determined to have a “gradley” church with pillars, arches and a tower.
On the 27th August, 1838 the foundation stone was laid, and a grand procession of Trades and Orders formed part of the inaugural ceremony. The Church was consecrated by John Bird Sumner, afterward Archbishop of Canterbury, on Monday, 24th, 1841, but was not opened for Divine Service until the first Sunday in July of that year.
In those days the Diocese of Chester was so large that the Bishops were obliged to arrange for several functions in the same neighbourhood to take place about the same date. This accounts for the consecration of the Church before it was actually completed.