Holy Name Church awarded National Lottery support
The Jesuit Church of the Holy Name has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £198,000 for essential repairs to the north transept, it was announced today. With the help of money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to secure the future of this Grade 1 listed Victorian landmark and to make its unique architectural and community heritage better known and understood.
Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will repair leaking roofs, cut out dry rot and restore damaged wall and floor tiles in the north transept area. Alongside this we will clean and conserve over 200 of the original architects’ drawings and make these available online to the public for the first time. And our “Your Holy Name Story” reminiscence project will collect stories and photographs from older members of the community who remember the church as a parish in the post war decades.
Designed by Joseph Hansom (of Hansom cab fame) and completed in 1871, the Holy Name is one of the most significant nineteenth century church buildings in the north west. Its unusual terracotta vaulting and tiled interior, all supplied by local manufacturers, represented cutting edge innovation and enabled construction in less than two years.
After eighty years as a thriving parish church at the heart of an immigrant community, the Holy Name was repurposed in the 1960s following the demolition of local housing which ultimately made way for the development of Manchester’s universities. It now supports the Jesuit-led Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy and remains a significant Manchester landmark, much loved by students, staff and local people.
Commenting on the award Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ, Superior of the Manchester Jesuit community and priest in charge of the Holy Name, said, “we’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The Holy Name has been an architectural landmark and a centre for worship and community life for nearly 150 years, so it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for the next generations, while at the same time connecting people with its artistic, technological and social heritage.”