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Welcome to Christ Church Walshaw.

We are a Church of England parish church in the north of Bury, Lancashire. At our heart is a conviction that we can share a living relationship with God, which we have found through Jesus Christ and which we believe can develop and grow by study of the Bible. We aim to share this relationship with others as we live out our faith in daily life. You can find out more about us on this website or through our Facebook page or by contacting us through the enquiries form. Even better, come along to one of the Sunday services to say hello, or have a browse round the church building during one of our open times.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)


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To get the latest news and information from Christ Church Walshaw, please visit our Facebook page. We intend to update this with the latest events, photos and news from Christ Church and it is hoped it will provide a way for the Church community to share and communicate. You don't need to be a Facebook member to view the page, but if you already have a Facebook account you can automatically keep up to date by 'liking' our page!

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Church and the Community

As the Parish Church of Walshaw, Christ Church has been at the heart of the local community since the nineteenth century. Of course, our primary purpose is the worship of God and the extension of His kingdom in our area. Our main weekly meeting at Christ Church is the Sunday morning service at 10:30. This is a service for the whole church family. There is a crèche for children under school age, and (except on the first Sunday of each month) for part of the time the older children meet in separate groups.

However, much more goes on and you and you can find details of other church groups in the section of this website called The Christian Faith: growing in faith There are other ways we seek to share the life of our local community. All, members of the congregation or not, are welcome on the Walshaw Walks {link} organised regularly.
If you are a church member, live in the Parish of Walshaw, or have connections with the church or parish, you may qualify to be married at Christ Church. For more information, use the contact form in the enquiries page.


Christening is another name for Baptism. You can be baptised at any age; many people are baptised as babies or young children, but people are also baptised when they are older. Whatever the age at baptism, it is about becoming a follower of Christ, so faith is at its heart. Those who have been baptised when young still need to make an adult commitment to Christ, and this is done at Confirmation. If you are interested in a baptism at Christ Church (or were baptised as a child, and would like to be confirmed), use the contact form below.


There are important rules governing burials in the churchyard. These concern both who may be buried there and the placing of memorials. Please consult us for more information.

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Christ Church (grid reference SD775116) is a Grade II* listed building. The church was built in 1888 in the Gothic Revival style. The construction was paid for by Rev J G Haworth and Miss Nancy Haworth and was constructed as the Jesse Haworth Memorial Church in memory of Jesse Haworth (1835–1921) a British cotton magnate. It is a landmark church, visible from miles around. Pevsner describes the building as “ambitious” and “a demonstration of liberality”. He commended the architect, Lawrence Booth, who, he says, “rose to the occasion. He also rose to the capabilities of the site on the hill.” Built in one phase over a period of four years, starting in 1888, Christ Church is a fine example of the Victorian Gothic Revival style. It cost £20,000 to build. The church houses a number of very fine stained glass windows produced by the celebrated William Pape of Leeds. The churchyard contains war graves of three soldiers and two airmen of World War II. The support of English Heritage and a great deal of work by members of the congregation has allowed restoration work on the roof, West window and other critical features of the church in recent years.

The New Yew is a church project to manage the churchyard (excepting the graveyard) for the benefit of wildlife, and also to create a quiet garden for reflection and contemplation. Anyone can get involved; most working parties are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings 9:30am- 12noon; please check the calendar.

To find out if you live in the Parish, use your postcode at Registers and Archive

As well as other historical material, the church archive includes registers of Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Burials and other services. These can often be a valuable source of information for people tracing family connections or carrying out historical research.

If you have an enquiry relating to material held in the church archive, please use the form on the contact page, giving as much information as possible. We shall try to help as best as we can...


There may be a number of reasons you need to contact one of the team at Christ Church Walshaw. Whether it be to enquire about worship at Christ Church, weddings, funerals or baptisms, or just to ask a question, please feel free to complete the contact form below and someone will get back to you.


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