The Manse, a listed building at 27 Wellington Road, is a stone Victorian Methodist minister’s house. It was built alongside the second Methodist Church, in the area that was once known as Knowles Green.
The first church was built in 1808, which was replaced by the second church in 1837. Additional land was provided by the then owner, Thomas Oliver. The Manse was built by the time the second church was demolished in 1884 to make way for the third (current) church.
The first of these photos was taken in 1880, the second more recently.
The relevant census entries indicate the following:
1871: The minister was Benjamin Smith (aged 46), from Whitby, and his wife Mary.
1881: The Minister was William Unsworth (aged 52), from Lancashire. He lived with his wife Mary Ann (aged 51), from Derbyshire, and a servant.
1895: William Percy Hutton was the minister, living with his new wife Annie (Rowson), from Macclesfield.
1901: Minister John Wilkinson lived here (aged 38) with wife Rhoda (aged 41).
1906: the Manse was occupied by Rev William Oliver Lake.
1915: the Manse was occupied by the rev Frank Noble.
More recently The Manse was used by an accountancy firm, until 2017.
The historical information on this page about the construction of the house is taken from the Images of England website. Our thanks go to Linda Bester, who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.