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Where to find us:

St Anne’s Church,
Church Road,
off Northenden Road,

St Francis’ Church,
Budworth Road,
off Norris Road,
Sale Moor.

St Anne's

St Anne's was built in the wake of the population explosion which followed the arrival of the railway in Sale, in 1849.

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Vicar: Revd Julian Heaton

Liverpool University Student Profile (2005)

The Reverend Julian Heaton is delighted to be graduating from Liverpool Hope University with an MA in Ecclesiastical History.  Reverend Heaton, who is a vicar at St Anne’s Parish in Sale, Manchester, spent five years studying for his MA alongside parish life, researching the relationship between the church establishment in his home city of Manchester and its ability to deal with change.

It was, he says, simply wonderful. “My first degree is in History and as I am ordained I considered the MA in Ecclesiastical History to be a nice meeting of the two areas. I felt that it would take me into areas of history that I had not engaged in before.

“My dissertation focused on how the church establishment in Manchester dealt with the changes in population, town growth and industrialisation at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries ... I am going to treat my new parish as a fresh learning curve but will certainly continue to engage my mind with the world I live in and at some time continue with further study. In what area, I am not yet sure.”

St Anne's, Sale, Cheshire, UK
Church of England, Diocese of Chester


About our Parish (Population: c. 20,000)

Sale is a dormitory town to Manchester. There are some local businesses; but many who live here work in the wider North West, making use of the great transport links. Our Parish is tasked with engaging the local communities with the reality of God’s mission. It’s a great vocation and one we seek to live up to, by God’s grace, with joy, humour and love.

We have two Churches: St Anne’s, in the centre of the Parish (off Northenden Road), and St Francis’, in the centre of Sale Moor estate.

Sale: St Anne

St Anne’s Church, Sale, serves the people of Sale and Sale Moor. We are a largish, friendly Anglican Church with a variety of worship styles. Style of worship: ‘central’. We offer ministry for all ages during the week. For details, see “A Church Near You”.  We have a Church School which draws parents and pupils from across our town.

Sale: St Francis

This Christian Community serves the people of Sale Moor. As well as Sunday worship, the Hall is used for a variety of local and community activities. For details, see “A Church Near You”.

For Parish enquiries please contact:

The Revd Julian Heaton, Vicar,
St Anne’s Vicarage,
Church Road West,
Sale, M33 3GD

0161 973 4145

A history of the Parish Church.

St Anne’s Church, Sale, was opened for worship in 1854. In 2006, it celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Consecration.

This website brings together some of the history of the Church, and Parish (including its daughter Church, St Francis’, and Primary School).


To see some photographs of our Church, both the Church of today and the Church of yester-year, then View my Photo Album

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