St Giles Parish News
Sunday Mass Times
Vigil Mass 5.00pm
St Thomas' (Tean)
10.30 to 11.00am
4.30 to 4.50pm
5.00 - 5.20pm (Tean)
Week days & Holy Days
Serving the parish of Cheadle, Staffordshire, St Giles' is considered to be the finest of all the churches built by the celebrated nineteenth century architect and designer, A.W.N. Pugin. It was financed by John Talbot (1791-1852), sixteenth Earl of Shrewsbury, who lived nearby at Alton Towers. Begun in 1841 and completed in 1846, St Giles' is of unique importance in the history of the Gothic and Catholic Revival.
St Giles' was a seventh-century French abbot and is often pictured with a doe, an allusion to the story that he once rescued a doe which was being pursued by hunters. St Giles' is also the dedication of the medieval parish church of Cheadle, which was rebuilt in 1838.
Dominating the town of Cheadle, the 200-foot, heaven-pointing spire is visible for miles around. At the foot of the tower are the west doors (pictured right), elaborated with two rampant lions.
This website provides a detailed guide to the church, its history and information about present day Mass celebrations. We hope that you find it useful and informative.
The Church is open every day from 8.00 till around 3pm. On Saturdays, we do not close till after Evening Mass, which finishes at 6.15pm. You are welcome at any time, though we kindly request that you do not visit to take a look around the church during the liturgy and other times of public prayer.
We welcome groups of visitors but would request that you contact us in advance in order that your visit can be accommodated within the weekly timetable, not only of prayer and worship, but also important cleaning and maintenance. Thank you for your cooperation.
Arrangements can be made for a well informed guided tour of the church for groups of 10 or more. Group visits are coordinated by John Smith who can be contacted on 07927 919 728 (by text if possible) or by email..email@example.com. The tour usually lasts about 75 minutes, but this can be adapted to your group's needs.
There are a number of coffee shops and tea rooms in Cheadle and we can provide details of these on request. If anyone in your group has any particular needs (access or otherwise) please inform us and we will try our best to make your visit enjoyable.
Our charge for the guided tour is £3.50 per head. This money is given over on arrival and assists with the increasing costs of upkeep for a Grade I listed national treasure.
St Giles does not have a car park but there is a short stay pay & display car parks within easy walking distance (post code ST10 1EU). Parties arriving by car or bus will be met on the short-stay car park. Coaches will be directed to a suitable place for parking.
Younger visitors, especially school parties are welcome. A variety of work sheets are available and other needs can be incorporated.
Thank you for your understanding and once again enjoy your visit to our lovely church. Please remember to sign our visitors book.
St Alban’s, Macclesfield
St Alban’s are in the first phase of a restoration programme funded by: the HLF, the National Churches Trust, Shrewsbury RC Diocese and fundraising within their parish via their ‘Mission Together’.
As well as the building works on safeguarding the tower they have also been involved in a number of community engagement activities to share the heritage of the church and its architect with a wider audience. These have included: a children’s competition to design a fictitious spire for the church, a modular exhibition, a dedicated heritage website and a virtual tour of our church. They are planning to formally launch the last two activities on 2/3 March 2019.
For further information see St Alban's Heritage Project
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