Project Update; St Anne’s Church, Buxton

The Project Unfolds.

Aura Conservation have been engaged to undertake conservation works to the fabric of this 158 year old church on Terrace Road in Buxton. The work entails repairing the stonework then cleaning it, and re-pointing.

The Chapel roof is to be completely re-covered in the existing sl;ate with new lead work to the valleys and replacing the rainwater goods with cast aluminium components.

A small amount of metalwork is involved internally, extending some existing handrails; followed by redecoration to internal and external elements of the building.

The History of St Anne’s catholic church, Buxton

In 2011, the Catholic Parish Church of Saint Anne in Buxton celebrated its 150th anniversary.

However, the parish itself dates back to medieval times. Until the Reformation the parish was centred at the Well Chapel, near to the Crescent. This was closed in 1538 by Thomas Cromwell, the legal genius behind the Reformation of Henry VIII.

It was the 1791 Second Catholic Relief Act which allowed Catholics to build public chapels, and in 1778 the First Relief Act allowed Mass to be said in private chapels and no longer imposed an automatic life imprisonment sentence on Catholic priests in England; 1829 saw Catholics being allowed to enter both houses of Parliament. The few remaining Catholics in the area met in various private houses on spring Gardens, West Road and High Street.

In the twenty years between 1850 and 1870 the number of parishioners grew from sixty to over two hundred. Most of the new parishioners were Irish immigrants who came to work, first on the building of the railway, and later arrivals (mostly women) to be employed in the hotel trade. The arrival of the railway helped Buxton to grow as a tourist venue.

In 1852, as a temporary measure, a chapel was opened on Scarsdale Place. By 1860 there was felt to be a need for a more substantial church building and work began on the present-day church on Terrace Road.

The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Roskell, who returned on 16th July 1861, accompanied by the future Cardinal Manning, to open the building. The most prominent Catholic family in the area, the Grimshaws from Errwood Hall, helped to fund the building of the new church. The first parish priest for the new church, appointed in 1850, was Father Edward McGreevey. Before then Mass had been celebrated by visiting priests including Fr.O’Farrell from Leek, and Fr. Collins from New Mills.

History courtesy of St Anne’s Church

Today, Aura Conservation are undertaking works to conserve the fabric of the building and we will revisit the works as the Project proceeds


The Scaffolding goes up to enable the works to commence

Celebrating Thirteen Years in the Industry

Aura Conservation has existed for thirteen successful years. We have a solid and experienced management team, probably the best in our opinion! We can assist you in any of your conservation needs, and if we can’t help you; we have friends who can. We have a good financial foundation forged out of adversity and achieve our targets through our prudent financial management.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.

The services we provide for you at aura conservation


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.


Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk

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