Holcombe Emmanuel Church

There was a chapel on the site of the current church in the seventeenth century.  It measured 50 x 24 feet and was enlarged in 1774. The illustration below is from Henry Dowsett‘s book “Notes on Holcombe”.  The chapel was roughly at the south-west corner of the present church.  There was a rectory just outside the churchyard wall at the top of the adjacent field.

Holcombe Chapel

In 1853 the chapel was replaced by a new church building built in neo-Gothic style by Thomas Holt of Bury; a local lady, Mrs Sandiford contributed £500.  It was not until 1866 that it formally became the parish church.  The lych-gate was built as a memorial after the First World War.  There are graves in the churchyard dating back to 1726 and a sundial dated 1753.

The church is an active one., and a very popular venue for weddings. Its web site provides more information (and some better pictures).

Emmanuel Church Holcombe and Chapel Lane
Emmanuel Church Holcombe and Chapel Lane
The Lych Gate and the Graveyard
The Lych Gate and the Graveyard