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The Church Inn



Dating from circa 1629, The Church Inn is home to the Prestwich and Whitefield heritage society, as well as many other community groups.

The Church of St Marys the Virgin is next door and has been used extensively for the filming of Coronation Street.

The pub has a long history of music. Artists such as Mike Harding, Ewan MCall, Victoria Wood and Jasper Carrot have performed here. It is said Carrot made his first public appearance at The Church Inn. In later years, Paul Simon appeared here during his tour of Europe when he wrote homeward bound. 



The history of Prestwich goes back  to the neolithic age and continues throughout the Celtic, Roman and Anglo Saxon ages.

Within Prestwich there are several listed buildings such as The Church Inn, Heaton Hall and the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin ( which is grade 1 listed, and the Church yard contains 15 listed monuments )

Heaton park, in which Heaton Hall stands, was a major transit camp for the RAF during the second world war. It was once also the family seat of the Earl of Wilton and his family.

Within the grounds of St Marys lie many famous people. Some of which include Sir William Fairbairn, the inventor of the riveting machine. His funeral was attended by 50,000 people. The inventor of the electro magnet, William Sturgeon, was also buried here. His headstone simply reads,

"an electrician"