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St Lawrence Church

The Grade II* listed St Lawrence’s Church in Denton is one of only twenty-nine surviving timber-framed churches in England.[1] It is known locally as Th’owd Peg, owing to the wooden pegs used to hold the timber frame together.[2]

The church was established as a chapel of easeChurch building subordinate to a parish church, built for the convenience of those parishioners who would otherwise find it difficult to attend services at the parish church. in about 1530, originally dedicated to St James, but following the discovery of medieval glass depicting St Lawrence,[3] it was re-dedicated to that saint in 1839; it became a parish church in 1854.[4] It is now in the Church of England diocese of Manchester, in the archdeaconry of Rochdale.[5]

Some “sensitive” extensions, were carried out in 1872 by the firm of J. Medland & Henry Taylor. New pews were installed in 1859.[6]



English Heritage. Church of St Lawrence, Stockport Road.
Hartwell, Clare, et al. Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East. Yale University Press, 2004.
Nevell, Mike, and Ivan Hradil. St Lawrence’s Church and the Archaeology of the Medieval Timber-Framed Churches of England and Wales. Tameside Metropolitan Borough and University of Manchester Archaeological Unit, 2005.