The Church of England in Saddleworth

The Church of England in Saddleworth worships God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. We welcome all who seek God, regardless of race, age, gender, or sexual orientation. We affirm that the Church's mission, in obedience with Holy Scripture is to proclaim the unfailing love of God in every generation. We are a team of nine churches serving our community through prayer and friendship.

St Chad Saddleworth - Parish Church

About us

There has been a place of Christian worship on the Parish Church site since 1215 AD, when the first Saddleworth Church was established as a chapel of ease as part of the Rochdale Parish, but in time became the possession of Whalley Abbey. Under the suppression of the churches by Henry VIII, the Abbey had to submit Quick Chapel, as it was then called, to the jurisdiction of Rochdale and more recently in 1866, patronage was transferred to the Bishop of Manchester.

The present church is late Georgian being built between 1830 to 1833; the tower was re-built later circa 1846-7. The interior, which includes the original gallery, has a pleasant warmth to it emanating a surprising light and colour. Many of the internal features were crafted by the architect George Shaw of Uppermill including the reredos, choir stalls, lectern, pulpit and font cover. The interior is also greatly enhanced by many beautiful stained glass windows which tell the tale of the wildness of the weather in this area; most of the stained glass was designed and made in Uppermill. The Great East Window contains a compelling depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ and there is also a fine example of the work of the Flemish stained glass painter JB Capronnier depicting ‘The Adoration of the Magi’. The church’s unique heritage is reflected in its Grade 2* listing on the National Heritage List for England and it stands in its own conservation area.

How to find us

St Chad Saddleworth - Parish Church, Church Lane, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6LW


Regular Services

  • 1st Sunday

    • 11:00am Sung Eucharist

  • 2nd Sunday

    • 11:00am Sung Eucharist

  • 3rd Sunday

    • 11:00am Sung Eucharist

  • 4th Sunday

    • 11:00am Morning Prayer

  • 5th Sunday

    • On the 5th Sunday all three of the St Chad Saddleworth worship centres worship together. The venue is rotated.

A number of special services are held across the church year including services such as:

  • Candlemas & Christingle;

  • Children’s Nativity Service;

  • Carol Service;

  • Christmas Midnight Eucharist;

  • Christmas Day;

  • Mothering Sunday;

  • Easter Day;

  • Pentecost;

  • Whit Friday;

  • Harvest Festival;

  • Remembrance Sunday.

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