Church of St Matthew, Church Street, Little Lever - Bolton

Victorian church by Paley, dated 1865 in an Early Decorated Gothic style. Comprises chancel, north vestry, south east tower, nave, transepts and west porch. There have been substantial grant assisted works to eradicate dry rot to the vestry under the Historic England / Heritage Lottery Fund Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme. However, the tower roof is now suffering from multiple points of water entry as the covering has reached the end of its lifecycle and needs renewing.

Church of St Matthew, Church Street, Little Lever - Bolton
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST MATTHEW
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1391096
  • Local Planning Authority: Bolton
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Matthew
  • Street Name: Church Street
  • Locality: Little Lever
  • County: Greater Manchester
  • District / Borough: Bolton
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Bolton South East
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II