Red Hall Methodist Chapel

Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw, Lancashire

The original Red Hall Methodist Chapel opened in 1782 and it was demolished in 1876 to make way for the construction of Audenshaw Reservoirs. Its position was on the site for Audenshaw Reservoir No. 1. After demolition, it was replaced by a second building on the north side of Audenshaw Road and to the east of Lumb Lane in close proximity to the site of the original chapel. This was provided by Manchester Corporation Waterworks. The datestone for 1876 was placed over the entrance to the second building.

In 2004 this chapel amalgamated with Guide Lane Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and Audenshaw United Reformed Church (formerly Bridge Street United Reformed Church) to form Trinity Methodist Church accommodated in the second Red Hall building. In 2007 this was demolished to be replaced by a third building on the site of the second building. This new building was opened on the 27 Sep 2008 by the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins and the Revd Richard Church.

When the second building was demolished the datestone was saved and remounted in the wall almost opposite the new Trinity Methodist Church. It was unveiled by the Mayor of Tameside, Councillor John Sullivan, on Friday, 11 December 2009 at 2:00pm.

 

Left: The original Red Hall Methodist Chapel of 1782.

Right: The Second Red Hall Methodist Chapel, early 1960s.
The circular datestone for 1876 is just above the entrance.

 

Left: The datestone in the wall on Audenshaw Road almost opposite to the new Trinity Methodist Church.

The inscribed stone tablet mounted above it reads:

THIS DATESTONE COMMEMORATES
THE RED HALL CHAPEL
WHICH MANCHESTER WATERWORKS BUILT TO REPLACE
THE DEMOLISHED CHAPEL BENEATH THE RESERVOIRS.

Right: The new Trinity Methodist Church on the site of the second building.