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Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Manchester

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus on Oxford Road, Manchester, England was designed by Joseph A. Hansom and built between 1869 and 1871. The tower, designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott, was erected in 1928 in memory of Fr Bernard Vaughan, SJ. The church was granted Grade I listed building status in 1989, having being Grade II* since 1963.HistoryIn 1860, William Turner, the first bishop of the Salford, invited the Jesuits to make a home in Chorlton-on-Medlock, at the time a middle-class suburb.As well as the growing middle-classes, Manchester was home to a large and expanding population of Irish immigrants who migrated to work in cotton manufacturing, especially after the Great Irish Famine. In the area known as Little Ireland, the Parish of St Mary's, Mulberry Street was unable to cope; in twenty years, thirteen priests had succumbed to typhus whilst working amongst the city's poor.The Jesuits had a formidable record of outreach and missionary work, and this was put to good use. Whilst he was rector from 1888 to 1901, Fr Bernard Vaughan SJ took part in a series of debates with the Anglican Bishop of Manchester, James Moorhouse, over rival claims of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church of England to be the Catholic Church in England and successor of St. Augustine. In their jubilation at Vaughan's triumph, the young men of the Holy Name pulled his carriage from the city centre all the way to the church.


Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Manchester

Manchester
United Kingdom
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