Heritage Open Days at Holy Name Manchester
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.