High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Nr Oldham
A former Nonconformist chapel, the building is of some architectural interest for its well-preserved exterior and galleried interior and makes a positive contribution to the Uppermill conservation area.
In 1920 Saddleworth became part of the parish of Slaithwaite, which had just been separated from St Patrick’s, Huddersfield, though since this was ten or twelve miles away across the moors, the few Catholics in the area found it easier to travel to Mossley. As numbers grew, the priests in Mossley agreed to set up a Mass centre in Uppermill, in the rooms above the old Co-op. The first Mass was said there in 1943, attended by 100 people.In 1952 a deputation went to visit the Bishop in Leeds to ask for their own parish and priest. Bishop Heenan agreed and entrusted the care of the Saddleworth Catholics to the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Ladcastle Hall, a large house in Dobcross was acquired as the Catholic centre. The original services took place in the front room, until the stable was converted into a chapel. In 1967, the current church was acquired from the Ebenezer Congregation, giving the parish a permanent and central building.
Architect: Not established
Original Date: 1873
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed