Tiviot Dale Methodist Church

“History of Tiviot Dale Methodist Church”

In 1759 the Methodists, who had been meeting in Stockport, built their first Chapel, but by 1786 this was too small and Hillgate Chapel was built for the 880 members.

 In 1807, Park Chapel was built, but by 1824 a new site was being sought which would be large enough to erect a chapel “at least 30 yds by 20 yds, a preacher’s house, vaults under chapel, and with sufficient burial ground”.

 This “noble chapel” opened for divine worship on September 10th 1826 – Tiviot Dale Methodist Church.  The architecture was mainly Doric, the front consisting of a centre and two wings.  The cost was £12,009.  Originally the building had two galleries, a mahogany pulpit and reading desk.

 The church was built in a pleasant wooded area with steps leading down to the River Mersey where boats could be hired.  This changed during the century as industry developed in the area and the congregation began to live in the suburbs.  

Over the years as chapels in the area closed, and people relocated, the congregation at Tiviot Dale travelled from further afield – Poynton, High Lane, Dukinfield. Members from six other Methodist churches have “joined us in fellowship” as their chapels closed. However, the huge “Methodist Cathedral in the North” was too big, cold and expensive to run, and so part of the site was sold to developers for offices to provide some of the cost of a smaller church built on the rest of the site. The last service in the old church was conducted by the Rev’d Arthur Connop MBE on July 11th 1971. Whilst the new church was being erected services were held at Pendlebury Hall. The present building opened on November 26th 1972.

In addition to Sunday morning worship, Open Coffee Bar with a short service on Friday mornings, and Tuesday Group once a month - September to May, the building is used by various groups including a Refugee Support Group, Start the Week (supporting people with mental and emotional issues), an Evangelical Group, Weightwatchers and Tai Chi.

A warm welcome is extended to join us in Sunday worship, in the Coffee Bar on Friday mornings and our Tuesday Group meetings.