Greater Manchester Grade 1 Buildings

By: Maria Williams

The Grade I structures in Greater Manchester have a municipal, ecclesiastic or other cultural heritage.

Grade 1 is given to building or structures that are considered to be ‘buildings of exceptional interest’.

Buildings or structure that are listed are of special architectural, historical or cultural significance.

Oldham is the only borough that does not have any Grade I listed structures. Manchester holds the record for the highest number of Grade 1 listed structures in a borough.

Manchester is the world’s first industralised city and has fifteen of Greater Manchester’s forty-seven Grade I listed building.

There is a wealth of industrial heritage that is supported by outstanding industrial architecture in Greater Manchester.

The Association for Industrial Archaeology published a book purporting, ‘ one of the classic areas of industrial and urban growth in Britain, the result of a combination of forces that came at the 18th and 19th centuries.’

Historically the region was localised in Lancashire and was at the forefront of textile manufacturing revolution during the period of the early 19th century to the early 20th century.

Thus leading to the county holding some of the most historically important former mill towns.

A large number of the listed buildings in Greater Manchester date back to the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

A church completed in the 13th century is the oldest Grade 1 listed in Greater Manchester. The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Eccles, has been greatly expanded but is still a wonderful example of 13th century architecture.

There are eight grade-listed manor houses in Greater Manchester, with Wardley Hall being the oldest, dating back to the 14th Century. Wardley Hall is still in habited and is the home of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford.

The skull of St Ambrose Barlow who was one of the forty Martyrs of England and Wales is also kept at the hall.

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