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Brindle – St Joseph

Chapel Fold, Hoghton, Brindle, Preston PR5

St Joseph and the associated buildings are of high historical and architectural importance. The church is a good example of an early 19th century Roman Catholic chapel, with later alterations and furnishings of architectural interest. The attached presbytery and cottage are buildings of architectural and historic interest in their own right, retaining a range of contemporary interior features.

A late 17th  or early 18th  century cottage where Mass is said to have been celebrated survives on the site, attached to the presbytery. The site is associated with St Edmund Arrowsmith who was active in the area and was apprehended in Brindle in 1628. A chapel was built in 1786, and a graveyard seems to have been established at that time. The presbytery appears to be of later 18th century date. The chapel was subsequently rebuilt and extended. A report by the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission of 1985 attributes the church to Fr Laurence Hadley, but it is unclear which phase of building is referred to and the source is not given.

A thorough building survey might help to elucidate the different phases of construction, however it seems likely that the present building is substantially or wholly of early 19th  century date. It was probably built in 1832 incorporating the datestone of a predecessor chapel of 1786. The building was extended probably in

1888 and again in 1896. The latter work is attributed to the Preston architect Charles

Walker. The interior has a west gallery on clustered cast-iron columns. The east end with tall attached columns is as described in the listed building description. A highly ornate Jacobean screen to the Lady Chapel of circa 1905 is said to have been designed by Father Cuthbert Almond. The chapel has a reredos in similar style. Bench seating with unusual cast iron supports is probably of late 19th  or early 20th  century date. High quality late 19th  century pulpit (mutilated) with painted sides, and ornate font probably of the same date are said, together with some of the statuary, to have been obtained from Beyaert of Bruges, who are also said to have executed the elaborate alabaster altar and reredos to designs by Father Almond.  The forward altar has been made from a 17th century item of furniture, possibly a sideboard. It incorporates fine carved figures and marquetry. Stained glass is of good but not outstanding quality and appears to be a complete scheme of early 20th century date.

Heritage Details

Architect: Fr Laurence Hadley (attributed); Charles Walker (Lady Chapel extension, 1896)

Original Date: 1786

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: II