Flowery Field Church (Unitarian)

Newton St, Hyde, Tameside

Flowery Field Church.

This church is on the west side of Newton St and it opened in 1878. The architect was Thomas Worthington of Manchester and it was built in the Perpendicular or Tudor Gothic style of architecture. It is cruciform in plan and the detached tower is 81-feet high.

The church was built by the local mill owner, Thomas Ashton (1818-98), for use by his employees for worship regardless of creed. It was dedicated by Thomas Ashton and his wife Elizabeth née Gair. The cotton mills concerned were Carr Field and Bayley Field Mills on the east side of Newton St, directly opposite the church.

Thomas Ashton served as the first mayor of Hyde in 1881, as well as becoming the High Sheriff of Lancashire, and being a magistrate for Cheshire and Lancashire.

Flowery Field Church, Hyde, is listed Grade II, List Entry No. 1162448.

Flowery Field Church, early 20th century.

The church is viewed from the junction of Dukinfield Rd, left, and Newton St. Flowery Field House is on the left and Ashton Brothers Carr Field and Bayley Field Mills are on the right. This part of Newton St is known as Hollow Brow.