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Bolton (Over Hulton) – St Vincent de Paul

Newbrook Road, Over Hulton, Bolton BL5

A modest design of the 1980s, not of special architectural interest. It has undergone few changes since it was built, and with the adjoining parish hall continues to serve the parish well.

The parish of St Vincent de Paul was created from St Ethelbert in 1972. A chapel of ease had been built in 1968-9 from designs by Richard Byrom of Hill & Partners, to seat 150 people, and this served as the place of worship for the parish until the present church was built in 1985 from designs by the Greenhalgh & Williams Partnership (information on council planning register). At this point the 1960s chapel became the parish hall.  The presbytery was also built in the 1980s.


The church is constructed of red brick with a concrete tiled roof. The plan is conventional, with a nave, apsidal sanctuary, twin transepts and a low west tower, all on a miniature scale. The tower is wrapped around on three sides by a lean-to porch like a tutu. The windows are tall and narrow, with semi-circular heads, and in the upper stage of the tower is a niche with a statue of St Vincent de Paul ministering to poor children.

The interior is low and spreading and the brickwork is unplastered. The ceiling is lined with fibreboard tiles, and the floor is laid in ceramic tiles. In the raised sanctuary is a white marble altar and to the side is an octagonal font in black and white marble, set on a star-shaped pattern of floor tiles. The late Victorian pews came from a convent in Manchester.

The parish hall of 1968-9 is a simple box-shaped building, clad in brown brick with plywood infill panels, and was adapted when the new church was erected.

Heritage Details

Architect: Greenhalgh & Williams

Original Date: 1985

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed