Irlam - St Joseph the Worker

A utilitarian structure of the 1960s, built as a dual-purpose church and parish hall.

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Irlam - St Teresa of Avila

A church of some architectural character built through the patronage of the de Trafford family. It is little altered outside, and the interior is largely intact, with an impressive roof structure and a number of original furnishings. 

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Kearsley - St John Fisher

An unusual combination of a small parish church and a modern pilgrimage shrine, with split ownership but a shared purpose. The church was built as a multi-purpose church/hall in 1967-8 by Desmond Williams Associates and is a utilitarian building which serves its purpose well. The shrine is a replica of a tiny twelfth century German building, built in 2000 and imbued with spiritual significance.  

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Langho - St Mary

A modern Gothic design by Desmond Williams, while still working for Arthur Farebrother & Partners. The interior, with its large structural pointed brick arches, impresses more than the exterior.

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Little Hulton - Lancashire Martyrs

A modest church-cum-hall of the early 1960s.

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Little Hulton - St Edmund

A red brick and terracotta Gothic Revival design of the turn of the twentieth century, with a striking west front. The interior is characterful, and retains some of the original or early furnishings, including the elaborate high altar.   

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Little Lever - St Teresa

A simple church dating from 1975 with a strong geometrical design and a well-crafted interior. It takes the form of a rectangular block with a single monopitch roof, lit by clerestory windows and a concealed lantern. A smaller block contains the presbytery.

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Littleborough - St Mary of the Annunciation

An interwar church in simplified Romanesque style which forms part of a conspicuous roadside group with the presbytery and the original school/chapel built in 1882. The church itself is of limited architectural interest but of considerable historical significance in the community.

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Longridge - St Wilfrid

A large Gothic Revival town church of the 1880s, by a little-known Preston architect. The church is of significance above all for its contribution to the townscape in the conservation area, made not least by the tower and spire, additions of the early twentieth century.

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Lostock Hall - Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gerard Majella

A Gothic Revival church built by the Ampleforth Benedictines, starting in 1912-13 and finishing in a plainer but complementary style in 1963. The later work took place shortly after Giles Gilbert Scott’s completion of the abbey church at Ampleforth, and has similarly bold massing. The interior volume is seamless, and impresses rather more than the exterior design. It contains a number of furnishings of note, particularly the Stuflesser furnishings in the sanctuary.

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Manchester (Levenshulme) - St Mary of the Angels and St Clare

An interesting and ambitious design of the early 1970s. There is a debt to Frederick Gibberd’s Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (1962-7) in the use of a lantern, but the design is carefully thought out and illustrates how the search for plan forms appropriate to the new liturgy continued to develop during the 1970s. The exterior is of striking form, and the interior is visually impressive as a space and for the extensive use of stained glass in the sanctuary. 

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Manchester - English Martyrs

A good example of the somewhat eclectic architectural style adopted for churches at the end of the nineteenth century, with added interest contributed by the addition of a distinctive spire from another building. The interior has impressive volumes and retains a range of furnishings of interest and artistic worth. Good stained glass includes windows by Atkinson of Newcastle, Mayer of Munich and Daniell & Fricker.

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Manchester - Our Lady and St John

An interwar suburban church of the late Gothic Revival, notable not so much for its architecture as for the high quality of the furnishings by the firm of Ferdinand Stuflesser, the good glass by Mayer of Munich and the superb mosaic which is an important work by Eric Newton of Ludwig Oppenheimer Ltd., representing one of his most ambitious schemes in England. 

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Manchester - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

A functional square-plan church of the 1970s, with a top-lit pyramidal roof and an open, welcoming internal space. 

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Manchester - St Alphonsus

A good late Gothic Revival design of hall church character, by architects better known for their Byzantine and Early Christian church designs. The interior is dignified and well proportioned, with processional aisles, an open timber roof, and good glass in the west window. However, several major fittings were lost in post-Vatican II reordering. 

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Manchester - St Ambrose

A well-detailed, relatively modest post-war design by Reynolds & Scott, with an impressive and largely unaltered vaulted interior.  The dedication relates to St Ambrose Barlow, a Catholic martyr from nearby Barlow Hall. 

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Manchester - St Anthony of Padua

Although largely rebuilt, the church is a potent reminder of the past and of Catholic heritage in Trafford Park, where it survives in a small group of buildings formerly part of a workers’ settlement. Some of the furnishings and stained glass may have originated at Trafford Hall or with the de Trafford family. The church closed for regular worship in 2009. 

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Manchester - St Augustine

An architecturally accomplished and little-altered building, particularly notable for the manner in which the architecture is integrated with an outstanding scheme of fixtures and artworks by Robert Brumby. It is historically important as a building erected with support from the War Damage Commission, and as a notable early example of a church designed to meet the needs of the post-Vatican II liturgy.  

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Manchester - St Bernadette

A large portal framed church by Greenhalgh & Williams, somewhat Brutalist in character, but retaining some original internal furnishings of note, and with a campanile of unusual design which is a local landmark.

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Manchester - St Catherine of Siena

A well composed and executed building which displays strong architectural forms and attention to surface texture. It is of interest as an early work of Desmond Williams who went on to design St Augustine’s, Grosvenor Square Manchester (qv). 

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