North Road Clayton Manchester M11 4WQ
1937-38 by Reynolds and Scott built in buff brick of a Modernist Byzantine style.
The choice of the Apostle of Holland as a patron saint for the parish was that of a Dutch priest, Fr. Sassen, who bought land for the parish from St. Brigid’s in 1905. The new parish was opened in 1906.
Fr. Charles Hanrahan developed the mission in its infancy and was followed by Fr. Richard Mortimer, who laboured here for a long period, devoting most of his priestly life to the parish.
Fr. Patrick Dillon supervised the building of the magnificent new church of unusual design, which was opened in 1938.
The church was Grade II listed in June 1994
Our Lady and St. Joseph Hanwell 1967
The church is sited in a densely populated area of the city, comprising Victorian terraces and inter-war social housing.
The interior has extensive mosaic work by the Manchester firm Ludwig Oppenheimer – whose work can also be seen in St John the Baptist RC Rochdale.
So farewell St Willibords and many thanks to the exceptionally kind and welcoming parishioners who granted me access to this very fine church.
Archive photographs Local Image Collection
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