History

St Anne’s Church Haughton Denton 1882

Architect and Patron: the two men who created our Church building

 

St Annes, near the border of Denton with Hyde, is unusual in many ways:

Our parish once included part of Hyde in Cheshire across the River Tame.

Really the town was Haughton, but became part of Denton U D C.

 

The architect Medland Taylor defied Victorian architectural ideas by

creating a meld of styles harking back to the medieval church with also

Elizabethan chimneys and a Scandinavian style roof design. We also have an outdoor

pulpit, plus inside church side squints and sedilia.

Medland Taylor

 

Our patron Joseph Sidebotham, a rich local mill owner and philanthropist,

chose Medland for these qualities. Joseph added his own ideas and designs

and creations:

 

His mother and wife were both Anne and so the name was given and her

flower the marguerite daisy is in every form of decoration in our church.

Joseph was a botanist and so all the stained glass and other forms of

decoration are filled with beautiful plants, often referring to the Bible.

Joseph lavished money on this church and rectory, employing the finest

craftsmen and using the best materials. The mosaic tiles and panels are by

both Salviati & Co of Venice and also Ludwig Oppenheimer. The stained

glass is by Heaton, Butler & Baines of London.

 

Joseph knew of John Ruskin and also William Morris & the Arts & Crafts

Movement. Our church reflects this beautiful hand-crafted style in many

different forms.

 

His belief in the Oxford Movement determined the High Church ethos of St

Anne’s.

Joseph was also a pioneering photographer and we have a complete record

of the building of both church and rectory.

 

Our Grade 1 Status was awarded for the fine quality of materials,

craftsmenship and design, plus the ingenious and individual ideas created by

Joseph and his architect Medland. These are also reflected in the style of the

Rectory, which is Listed Grade II*.

 

St Anne’s Church has been strangely enhanced by the opening of the M67.

The area around it was cleared and approaching up the hill from Hyde the

roof lines appear from far off and have an air of fantasy and romance. Snow

gives the building’s many roof lines another beautiful outline in winter.