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School Beginnings
Worsley Road URC has its origins in the cotton industry. In 1861 the owners of a local mill, Gibb and Sons, in Moorside, Swinton, saw the need to give children a basic education.

The Sunday School was so popular that in 1862 the Rev. Bubier of Hope Chapel, Salford formed the group into a Congregational Church, having only 16 members at the outset. The project of building a Chapel was soon underway.

Despite the scheme being delayed until 1870 due to the American Civil War and the consequent cotton famine, a committee was appointed to take the project forward. The committee first met in January 1870 and worked with such energy that the site in Worsley Road was bought, plans of the Chapel were passed, and the foundation stone laid by John Gibb on May 28th of the same year.

5 months later, in November, the Church was opened, with the Rev. Brown of London being the preacher. Residential Expansion With the expansion of the residential area in 1920s, arising out of the sale of the Ellesmere Estates, hundreds of houses were built in close proximity to the Church.

The Church recognised that it opened a door for further growth. It was felt that a building, to seat around 400 people, with suitable classrooms was imperative. The Rev Johns in his letter to Church members and friends said: "We must seize the day. We can commence building as soon as we have 2,000 in hand. Already, owing to your energetic service during one year, we have about 700. This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and the glad in it."

The Sunday School building was constructed in 1932 and has ever since been a focal point for community events and activity.

The Future
We are now building on our Heritage and using the buildings for worship and all kinds of activities which benefit our Community.