History

The story of Morris Green goes back a long way. It has been said that the area was the scene of some Royalist activity during the Civil War period. Indeed, when the foundations for nearby Hayward School were excavated cannon balls were found and sent to the Bolton Museum.

The earliest record of a school in the village was in 1871 when Rev R S Patterson opened a little stone building in the middle of the green, which by 1877 sixty two children attended.

By 1880 responsibility for the school was passed to the vicar of St George the Martyr as Morris Green was once part of that parish.

By 1915 Morris Green had become a conventional district with a Curate In Charge and it was the aim of the people to have their own church. The 1914-1918 war affected their efforts to raise money to build the church but some of the older residents remember making raffia photograph frames with a picture of the proposed church inset and selling tablets of soap with the same picture imprinted on them.

The people were persuaded to pay 6d to buy a brick and the Young Men's class and Sunday School played their part in raising funds towards building the church.

By 1931 it was decided that construction of the church should begin. The Bishop of Manchester laid the foundation stone in April of that year and on 21st October 1932 the church was consecrated.