Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Remembering St George’s in Hulme

Now I have a fondness for St George’s Church in Hulme.

My old friend Jack Harker was christened there although I never asked him when.

That was the sort of question you never asked, partly because you were never sure what date he would give you and just because it never occurred to me.

So instead I shall focus on what G H Druffield said about the church in 1850.*

It was he said “a fine church [which] stands in the centre of a large piece of ground used for burials, situated in Chester-road, Hulme, exactly one mile from the Exchange.......... It has a lofty tower, surmounted with pinnacles; but like most churches in the town , it has no chancel.  

The tower contains a fine bell, weighing about 23 cwt, and an excellent clock, by Whitehurst of Derby.

The foundation stone was laid September 7th, 1826, and the church consecrated December 9th, 1828.

The interior of the church is handsomely fitted up, there are three galleries; that at the west and contains a very fine organ by Renm, with nearly 1,100 pipes.

There is a splendid tablet to the memory of the late Colonel Molineaux, of the 8th Royal Irish Hussars; together with many others of less note.  The cavalry regiments stationed at Hulme barracks which are nearly opposite.”

I wonder whether Colonel Molineaux’s tablet and the others of “less note" survived the church’s closure in 1984, its time as an empty shell and the conversion into flats in 2000 – 02.

Which just leaves me to thank Andy Robertson who took the pictures yesterday.

Location, Hulme, Manchester

Pictures; St Georges, 2016, from the collection of Andy Robertson

* G H Druffield, The Strangers Guide to Manchester, 1850

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