St Peter's 1892 to present

Over 130 years of history in the heart of Hale

 

 

St Peter’s was built between 1890 to 1892 and designed by prominent Victorian architects Tate & Popplewell of Manchester. The grade II church building is of an eclectic gothic style and sits proudly in pink brick on the corner of Ashley Road and Harrop Road.

With a growing church at St Mary’s Bowdon, the need came for a more local anglican church for the residents of Hale. The foundation stone was laid on 29th November 1890 by Mrs Susan Joynson, the wife of the church’s principal patron, Richard Hampson Joynson, and it was dedicated by the Bishop of Chester on 16 June 1892. The church was consecrated in 1897.

Most of the stained glass was produced by the renowned firm of Heaton, Butler & Bayne. The First World War mosaic memorials in the baptistery were produced by Walter J Pearce.

The interior of the church has retained much of its gothic charm, whilst also seeing some modern improvements in recent years, particularly with removal of pews in favour of more comfortable wooden chairs, and a state-of-the-art sound system and live streaming equipment.

History is more than bricks and mortar; the Church is more than a building. As the Body of Christ, we have welcomed and nourished generations in the Christian faith. St Peter’s has been blessed with a strong legacy of leadership from our vicars over the last 130 years. The Right Reverend Libby Lane was vicar here from 2007 to 2015 before being the first woman to be consecrated as Bishop in the Church of England (then Bishop of Stockport, now Bishop of Derby).

Under the current vicar Rev’d Karen Stanton (Kaz) and the PCC, we have further solidified our commitment to welcome everyone by joining Inclusive Church. We want our church to be a safe place for all regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, sex, gender, disability (including hidden disability), and marriage or civil partnership. With Rev’d Kaz retiring in June 2024, we are prayerfully seeking God in our next steps and excited for our future as we continue to serve our community and grow the Kingdom of God in Hale.

World War I Memorial

Designed by Walter Pearce in 1918.

The World War I Memorial, located left of the bapistery at St Peter’s, is based on designs by Walter Pearce (1856-1942). The memorial is an example of opus sectile, originally a Roman mosiac artform, and a specialism of Pearce.

Although the design is accredited to Pearce, the illustration is thought to be the work of artist Arthur Anselm Orr.

Thank you to Dr L Boreham who donated this original illustration (dated 1918) to St Peter’s, along with research on Walter Pearce.

Stained Glass

Our beautiful windows speak for themselves and tell of the unravelling story of God’s plan to save humanity, from Old Testament to New.