The Holy Name Church, on Oxford Road in Manchester, is a Grade 1 listed gothic revival building of 1869-71 by Joseph Hansom (10 minute walk from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House). Built by the Jesuits, it served as a parish church to a local community of mainly Irish immigrant families until 1960 when the housing around the Church was cleared and the University took over the land. The Holy Name then became the Church of the University Catholic Chaplaincy, which continues to this day.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has granted the Holy Name Church money to repair the leaking roofs, cut out dry rot and restore damaged wall and floor tiles in the north transept area. Alongside this we will clean and conserve over 200 of the original architects’ drawings and make these available online to the public for the first time.
The project also wants to hear personal accounts of the church that speak of a cultural attachment to both the space as a building, but also on a deeper level, to the distinct events which happened within its walls and the meaning that they had. The aim of the project is to contact and interview individuals with stories and memories of the Holy Name Church, both from those who attended the church when it was a parish, and from University alumni who were connected to the chaplaincy. Alongside interviews we wish to find photos and other records of the Church to memorialize the church and its community.
We believed it was fun to do the trip. Obviously, guide lives and breathes history. He was very knowledgeable and lively and we discovered the trip very stimulating! We'd strongly... read more suggest this!
Went with my daughter on a very wet and windy day, so unusually quiet. The house is beautiful and being sensitively restored. The welcome and warmth from the knowledgeable guides... read more more than compensated for the weather outside. We, especially my daughter, enjoyed the book sale and our only regret was not having some of the lovely homemade cake!
I would love to go back, especially to some of the very interesting workshops and events. And we are inspired to extend our reading of Mrs Gaskell! Highly recommended.
(If you like Korean food, pop round the corner to Seoul Kimchi, great food and value)
Lynne M 2/11/2020
Our visit coincided with the sale of secondhand books which takes place every other Sunday, so there was lots to see & do. All the volunteers really know their stuff,... read more and I felt I learned a lot.
Karina C 1/21/2020
Had the chance to visit this lovely historic house whilst in Manchester it is well worth a visit the guide was a lovely lady with lots of knowledge about the... read more house and Elizabeth and her family each room full of history and the felt comfortable...More
Finally found the time to visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House with my mum and step-dad and it was well worth it! The House doesn’t look very big from the outside... read more but you can easily spend a couple of very interesting hours there. The rooms have been...More
Whilst we knew of some of her books, Cranford, North and South etc., our knowledge of the author was somewhat limited so that the discovery of the wide range of... read more her literary works and social activity was a revelation and quite fascinating. Our visit was...More
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