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Heritage Open Days - St John’s Church Thornham

21 September 2019 - 22 September 2019

Saturday 21 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019
10am - 4pm & 1pm - 3pm

St John’s Church Thornham
Thornham Lane
M24 2RE


Every year in September, England’s largest voluntary cultural event returns as a celebration of local and national heritage. Co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and locally by Link4Life, Rochdale takes part by opening the doors to various historic buildings throughout the borough that are usually closed to the public or charge an entrance fee.

Local buildings full of history will be open and free to explore, many of which include differing age, style and function across the borough all with fascinating guided walks, tours and talks.

Set amid fields, this is one of the last Gothic style churches to be completed in the Greater Manchester area.

Though appearing much older, the church was only completed in 1914. There are many fine stained glass windows and many connections to former local industrialists such as the Tweedale and Smalley families who ran the former Castleton textile machinery manufacturing company.

Opening Times:

  • Saturday 21 September: 1000-1600
  • Sunday 22 September: 1300-1500

No booking required.

Tour of the building with guides takes approximately 45 minutes.

Entry fee: Free

0161 643 2693

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