Manchester Road Methodist Church

Manchester Road Methodist Church ceased to worship on 3rd March 2019, with its congregation dispersing to other churches in the area.

Kings Church will continue to worship in the building for the foreseeable future - more info at


Address Manchester Road, Swinton, M27 4TT

Minister Rev Kim Ratcliffe


About Manchester Road

We  provide a warm welcome to anyone who joins us in worship. We especially welcome our friends from the Height Church when we share worship with them. Our congregation is of all ages and backgrounds mainly from the local area.

Every Sunday, our Sunday School  take part in the service before leaving for their own activities. We value their contribution to the life of the church and they like to share what they have been making, as well as leading some of the fund raising for charity.

Mid week worship takes place every few months and it is a chance to be in a less formal atmosphere and try new songs - keep an eye on the Upcoming Events for more details.

A Brief History

In 1871 a Primitive Methodist Society began to meet in ‘Swinton Bar Chapel’, so called because as toll bar used to cross Manchester Road nearby. The building had been bought by Jonathan Gerrard, a Methodist who lived and worked locally. Because of his involvement, the Chapel was often referred to as ‘Gerrard’s Chapel’. The Chapel opened on 29th January 1871.


Work started on a new Chapel in 1891 and this opened in November. A Sunday School was added in 1907 and in 1921 electric lights were installed! It is not clear when the name changed to Manchester Road Methodist.


In the 1970s the Sunday School building was demolished due to dry rot. This was replaced by a smaller building which was used for Sunday School, monthly prayer meetings and midweek meetings.

The congregation of Manchester Road decided, in 2018 that it was time for them to cease to meet as a church. There was a weekend of celebration and a Circuit Service to mark the closing in March 2019. Worship of God will continue in the building, as the Kings Church will continue to meet on the site for the foreseeable future.

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