Heritage Open Days at Holy Name Manchester

Holy Name roof restoration
Holy Name roof under restoration

Holy Name Church Oxford Road welcomes visitors on Heritage Open Days 13-22 September

Manchester’s only Grade 1 listed Catholic church was built by Joseph Hansom in 1871 and formed the heart of the community for thousands of Irish immigrant workers for over 100 years until housing clearances dispersed the population.

The Holy Name has recently interviewed many people about their memories of its heyday as a parish.  During the heritage open days there will be displays in the church to showcase some of the shared memories and around the church restoration project.  These include:

• Housing clearance and loss of community – maps and memories
• Remembering the Whit walks
• Climate change and the Holy Name roof
• The pot vault – an innovative construction story

The church’s north transept has recently been restored and repaired with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

On Saturday 14th September Architect Mark Pearce will talk about church’s famous “pot vault” and what the restoration  project told us about climate change.  And Archivist Mary Allen will tell the story of how Hansom’s original plans and drawings were discovered in an old vestment chest.

We will be open every day 13-22 September 9.30-5pm (8pm Sunday) with mass daily at 1.05pm (Saturday 11am, Sunday 9.15am, 12 noon and 7pm).

Why not pop in and re-connect with the Holy Name and its past parishioners?  We would be delighted to welcome you.

More detail on the Heritage Open Days website

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 09:30 to Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 20:00
Holy Name Church
337 Oxford Rd
M13 9PG
United Kingdom