|Blackburn Street/Spring Lane|
Metropolitan Borough of Bury
Greater Manchester England
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Radcliffe, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury in Lancashire,lies on undulating ground in the Irwell Valley, along the course of the River Irwell, 2.5 miles south-west of Bury and 6.5 miles north-northwest of Manchester.
St. Thomas's district, Radcliffe-Bridge, was formed in 1819 from, and lying within the boundaries of Radcliffe St Mary. Radcliffe St Thomas was created a district church by 1821 from the Ancient Parish of Radcliffe, St Mary.
Radcliffe is now served by the Parish of St Thomas and St John. St Thomas' church tower, added in 1870/1871,is visible on the horizon for many miles. The original church was built in 1819 by Countess Grosvenor but was later considered too small, and in 1862 was demolished and replaced with the present structure.[consecrated October 9th 1864] The Church of St John the Evangelist was consecrated on 19 February 1866; it lies at the bottom of Radcliffe New Road;the site having been donated to the church by the Earl of Derby. [If St John's was demolished, the date is not presently known]
The parishes of St John and St Philip were merged with St Thomas' in 1974–1976.[text by Geoffrey Gillon]