Christ Church is again taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days one of eight or so buildings across Macclesfield opening to the public as part of a national celebration of heritage.
The Roe-naissance Group will be opening the church on Sat 13 & Sun 14 Sept, 11am-4pm and the information boards with proposed plans for a new use around creative play and performance will be on show. There are also a couple of special events.
On Saturday morning Simon Holder, leader of the very active group of campanologists and is organising a special ringing of the 10 bells from 11am, with a short demonstration at noon.
On Sunday afternoon at 2pm, architectural historian Matthew Hyde who has recently updated the so-called ‘Statement of Significance’ will do a tour of the building – and playing the organ at 3pm!
If you can spare an hour to help out with the stewarding – alongside a Roe-naissance Group member – please email: email@example.com, it would be great to have more help and meet others interested in Christ Church’s future.
Park Green House
Park Green SK11 6HN
Unique home of The Ryle Family dating from 1720.
Sat 13th, 10.30am-3pm
Macclesfield Silk Museums
The Old Sunday School, Roe St, SK11 6UT
Paradise Mill, Park Lane, SK 11 6TJ
Discover the history of Silk in Macclesfield. New exhibitions, tours and activities.
Step back into the early industrialisation of the town and see 26 restored Jacquard looms and much more.
Fri 12th, Sat 13th & Sun 14th, see website for details
www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk (maybe charge for entry)
The Town Hall
Market Place SK10 1EA
This magnificent building dating from 1823 has been the civic heart of the town since then, a venue for major town events.
Recently refurbished with all rooms open to the public.
Sat 13th & Sun 14th, 11am-4pm
St. Michael & All Angels Parish Church
Market Place, SK10 1HW
Founded by Queen Eleanor of Castile in 1278 as a forest chapelry, this impressive church has many fascinating later features including The Savage Chapel (1504) and windows from the William Morris Studio. Also exhibition.
Fri 12th 10.30am-12.30pm / Sat 13th 10.30am-3pm
King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel,
King Edward Street, SK10 1AA
This small gem of a building is another of Macclesfield’s historic and architectural treasures. Built in 1689 and licensed for use by dissenters from The Church of England it is a listed building and in use as a Unitarian Chapel. There will be a small display relating to WW1 Centenary over the weekend.
Sat 13th, 10am-3pm
Charles Roe House
Chestergate SK11 6DY
The former residence of industrialist Charles Roe (1753-1781), includes exhibition relating to the local Yeomanry of 19th Century.
Sat 13th, 10.30am-3.30pm
Sun 14th to Sun 21st, Sat 27th & Sun 28th, 11am-3pm
Bridge Street/Great King Street, SK11 6LB
Explore Charles Roe’s ‘engineering marvel’ built in 1776 making pioneering use of structural ironwork it has a wonderful acoustic.»
No longer in regular use, find out about plans for a new use.
Sat 13th & Sun 14th, 11am-4pm
Sat: Bell ringing 11am-12pm & demonstration 12-12.20pm
Sun: Architectural Tour with Matthew Hyde 2-3pm,
Organ playing 3-4pm
United Reformed Church
Park Green, SK11 7NA
Grade II listed and built in 1877 with many Victorian features. Refurbished in 2009
Thurs 11th, Fri 12th & Sat 13th, 11am-4pm
Walk & Talk: From Archers to Yeomanry
by Macclesfield Historian & Author, Dorothy Bentley Smith
Sun 14th, 1.30-2.45pm Tickets Visitor Info Centre, 01625 387123
Additional talks by Dorothy Bentley Smith, Charles Roe House
Sat 20th & 28th Sept call VIC, 01625 378123