Heritage Open Days

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Heritage Open Days Weekend 2022
Welcome to England’s largest festival of history and culture! Every September, some 40,000 volunteers organise 5,000 events, all of which are FREE to explore. For more information, visit  www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Event Times

Saturday 17 September: 10.00-16.00
Sunday 18 September: 12.00-16.00

  • Visit the beautiful medieval parish church of St. Michael & All Angels
  • Lots of tea and cake
  • Guided tours of the church and the bells

No booking required (to see our page on the Heritage Open Days website click here)

Friday 16 September:

  • Legends of Longdendale - 18.00-21.00 (stories at 19.00 for more details click here)

Wine, Nibbles and Story Telling by Candlelight in the Staveley Chapel. Tours of the church. Enjoy a glass of wine with nibbles, and when you're ready enjoy stories by candelight! This year's selection from Thomas Middleton's Legends of Longdendale, read to you by our resident story teller Ian Roebuck

Additional Information

Also on Saturday 17th at 19.30pm our bellringers are holding a concert - Mottram with Bells On - including organist John LeGrove from Chetham's and others, to raise funds for repairs to the bellframe. Tickets from church, bellringers or mottrambells@mottramparish.org.uk

The Parish Church of St. Michael & All Angels, set on the top of Warhill in Mottram in Longdendale, and is a beautiful Medieval building with a fine Victorian worship space at its heart. It was built in 1490 with a bequest from Edmund Shaa - the Lord Mayor of London who handed the crown of England to the Duke of Gloucester, making him Richard III. In 1855 the church had a major restoration, by local architect E. H. Shellard, resulting in the perfect combination of 15th and 19th century styles we see today. Apart from that restoration, the layout of the building remains much as it was when it was built 500 years ago.

Come along and see:
• 15th century stone effigies of Sir Ralph (Ro) and Lady Elizabeth Staveley in their chapel
• 18th century marble statue of Reginald Bretland, Sergeant-at-Law
• 12th century ‘barrel’ stone font, the oldest item of furniture in the church
• finely carved alabaster pulpit in memory of E. H. Shellard
• Mottram village war memorial

and in the churchyard:
• the Old Hearse House
• Mottram Grammar School
• the bellringer's memorial
• the empty grave of Lewis Brierley, whose body was stolen by body snatchers in 1827

Directions - From the Crown Pole in the middle of the village, come up Church Brow, and take a sharp left at the top onto Warhill. Disabled drop off point at the church gates, then go back to Littlemoor Road to park. Access to churchyard is via short cobbled path. Access to the chancel is via a 15cm step. Disabled drop off point at the church gates, then go back to Littlemoor Road to park.

Organised by the Friends of Mottram Parish Church

Friends of Mottram Parish Church

COVID-19 ConsiderationsThis event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.