St Clement

St Clements’s built in 1877/8 by Austin and Paley is a major landmark in the centre of a housing estate in Ordsall, Salford.

Ordsall, Greater Manchester

Opening times

Monday 9.30am to 2pm.
Tuesday 1pm to 5pm.
Wed 10am to 3pm.
Sat 9.30am to 11.30am.


Groves Avenue
Greater Manchester
M5 3LQ

The church was built between 1877 and 1878, and was designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin at a cost of £9,000 (equivalent to £800,000 in 2016). The land for the church was given by Lord Egerton, who also paid for the church and its parsonage. The church closed in the 1980s, but reopened around 2005.

St Clement's is constructed in red brick and terracotta and has a tiled roof. It is designed in a 13th century gothic style. Its plan consists of a seven bay nave with a clerestory, a chancel and north and south aisles. Above the chancel is a fleche with cladding in Westmorland slate. The nave and chancel are divided by buttresses across the aisles. Along the aisles are seven three light windows. The clerestory contains round windows. The east end contains a five light window, above which is an arch and gable with three stepped blind lancets, as well as heavy angle buttresses. At the west end is an unusual gabled portal in moulded brick with a roundel in terracotta containing tracery.

Inside the church the arcades are carried on round sandstone piers. The chancel is floored with Doulton tiles, and on its walls are murals depicting religious scenes, also in Doulton tiles. It also contains a tripartate sedilia. The chancel is vaulted. Part of the nave has been partitioned to form a meeting room. The two manual organ was built by Willis.

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Wifi

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Level access throughout

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Weekly (Monday 10am) on your doorstep drop in, all ages welcome, bingo and tea/coffee, friendly atmosphere.

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £7,000, 2017

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

  • Repair Grant, £7,500, 2008

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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