Heywood: St Luke

Name:
Heywood: St Luke
Record Type:
Church
Church code:
624334
Diocese:
Manchester
Archdeaconry:
Rochdale
Parish:
Saint Luke Heywood

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II* Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is on the Heritage at Risk Register (data verified 09 Nov 2023)
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Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Victorian/Pre-WWI

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 624334 Heywood St Luke
Caption:
Exterior image of 624334 Heywood St Luke
Description:
Photograph of the outside of the church as seen from the south-east
Year / Date:
April 2009
Copyright:
Archbishops' Council
Originator:
Joseph Elders

Summary Description

St Luke’s Church is a large church right in the middle of Heywood. It is situated at the confluence of the major roads through the centre of town. Arguably it is the most distinctive and visible landmark of the town, with the spire and tower visible from a considerable distance. There has been a church on this site from at least the 15th century. The old Heywood Chapel was replaced by the current St Luke’s Church building in 1862. The townsfolk raised money for the building of the church, and the Sunday School provided the main education prior to state schools. Up to 35,000 burials are estimated to have taken place up until 1912. As it is the church is right in the centre of town many people consider it to be their church, although not necessarily attending it. The main use of the church is regular Sunday worship, incorporating Sunday School, with live bell ringing prior to the service. There is an outdoor Churches together Good Friday event, and bi-annually a Carol concert. There are also regular coffee mornings. Given its central location and large capacity it is pivotal to town events. Of particular note is its role in the usually annual Heywood 40s day, and the annual Christmas lights switch on.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:
http://www.stlukesheywood.org.uk/index.html

Sources and Further Information

Joseph Elders (April 2009) Exterior image of 624334 Heywood St Luke [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 624334 Heywood St Luke
Joseph Elders (April 2009) Interior image of 624334 Heywood St Luke [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 624334 Heywood St Luke
Skyline Steeplejacks (2020 January ) Steeplejack Survey Report [Digital Archive/Document]
Steeplejack Survey Report
Skyline Ltd - Steeplejacks (2020 January) Inspection Report on the COndition of St Luke's Church Spire [Digital Archive/Document]
Inspection Report on the COndition of St Luke's Church Spire
Andrew Ruaux (2020/13.01) Correspondence confirming completion [Digital Archive/Document]
Correspondence confirming completion
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/16013/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~62476~111243 [Archive/Graphic material]

Elevation

ICBS File Number - 01576

Coverage - 1833

Created by Thomas Fish TAYLOR

ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~62486~111244 [Archive/Graphic material]

Elevation

ICBS File Number - 01576

Coverage - 1833

Created by Thomas Fish TAYLOR

ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~62496~111245 [Archive/Graphic material]

Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 01576

Coverage - 1833

Created by Thomas Fish TAYLOR

ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~62506~111246 [Archive/Graphic material]

Gallery

ICBS File Number - 01576

Coverage - 1833

Created by Thomas Fish TAYLOR

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