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Church of St Nicholas, Burnage

Coordinates: 53°25′11″N 2°12′52″W / 53.4198°N 2.2145°W / 53.4198; -2.2145{{#coordinates:53.4198|-2.2145|type:landmark_region:GB|||||| |primary |name= }}

Church of St Nicholas
St Nicholas's
St Nicholas's
Denomination Church of England
Website [1]
Dedication St Nicholas
Parish Burnage
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Manchester
Province York
Rector Rachel Mann

The Church of St Nicholas, Kingsway, Burnage, Manchester, is a Modernist church of 1930–2 by N. F. Cachemaille-Day, Lander and Welch.[1] It was enlarged in 1964 with a bay on the west side, also by Cachemaille-Day. Pevsner describes the church as "a milestone in the history of church architecture in England".[1] The church was designated a Grade II* listed building on 10 October 1980.[2]

St Nicholas is one of a relatively small group of Modernist churches in England, and one of the earliest. It is "of brick, high, sheer and sculptural, with a German-inspired passion for brick grooves and ribbing, both vertical and horizontal."[1] The building cost £11,600.[3] The interior was plainly furnished, "the walls bare, the windows clear, but the ceiling is coffered in blue, red and gold".[1]

In 2001-3, the church underwent significant restoration, at a cost of over 1 million pounds. The restoration included a re-ordering of the interior to provide additional meeting space, and offices, including the insertion of a "striking glass circular meeting room".[4] "The church's spatial complexity is not spoiled, but rather added to", by "hanging the meeting room above head height".[1]


Rachel Mann (Born: 27 February 1970) is a British Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian[5] who is Priest-in-Charge at the Church of St Nicholas, Burnage. She is also Resident Poet at Manchester Cathedral. She is a trans woman who writes, speaks and broadcasts on a wide range of topics including gender, sexuality and religion.[6]

She is the author of Dazzling Darkness: Gender, Sexuality, Illness & God (Glasgow: Wild Goose 2012) and The Risen Dust: Poems and Stories of Passion & Resurrection (Glasgow: Wild Goose 2013), both published by the publishing arm of the Iona Community. Mann is also a contributor to Fear and Friendship: Anglicans Engaging With Islam (Continuum 2012 ) and several books on liturgical theology, including Presiding Like a Woman (SPCK 2010).

Mann is a regular contributor to The Church Times and contributes to BBC Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. She also writes about progressive music, metal and folk for Prog Magazine, an off-shoot of Classic Rock Magazine, and The Quietus.



External links


  • Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South East, The Buildings of England, New Haven, CT; London: Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-10583-5