Heritage Open Days 2017 will be taking place between the 7th and the 10th September this year.
As usual many Catholic churches are opening their doors giving people the opportunity to explore buildings usually kept locked while not in use. Please consider making use of this opportunity to support these sites.
For more information consult the Heritage Open Days website www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Hurst Cross, St Christopher RC Church
Sefton Park, Liverpool St Clare’s RC Church
Liverpool, St Francis Xavier’s RC Church
Old Swan, Liverpool, St Oswald’s RC Church
Wallasey, Ss Peter & Paul’s RC Church (The Dome of Home)
St Helen’s, Holy Cross & St Helen RC Church
Darwen, Sacred Heart & St Edward RC Church
Over Darwen, St Joseph RC Church
Stockport, Our Lady & the Apostles RC Church
NORTH EAST & YORKSHIRE
Old Elvet, St Cuthbert’s RC Church
Old Esh, St Michael’s RC Church
Hull, St Vincent’s RC Church
Hull, St Charles Borromeo RC Church
Old Gate, St Robert of Newminster RC Church
Tyne and Wear
Gateshead, St Patrick’s RC Church
Sunderland, St Ignatius the Martyr RC Church
Wallsend, Our Lady & St Columba RC Church
Blaydon on Tyne, St Mary & St Thomas RC Church
Launceston, St Cuthbert Mayne RC Church
Bath, Eyre Chapel
Calne, St Edmund’s RC Church
SOUTH EAST & HOME COUNTIES
Reading, St James RC Church
Reading, Sacred Heart RC Church
Colchester, St James the Less & St Helen’s RC Church
Bishop’s Stortford, St Joseph’s RC Church
Folkstone, St Peter’s RC Church
Effingham, Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church
Effingham, St Teresa’s RC School
Woking, Holy Cross Chapel
Gloucester, St Peter’s RC Church
Newcastle under Lyme, Holy Trinity RC Church
Burslem, St Joseph’s RC Church
Stoke on Trent, Sacred Heart RC Church
Birmingham, St Chad’s Cathedral
Birmingham, The Oratory
Grimsby, St Mary on the Sea RC Church
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On Wednesday this week Joanna Bogle is leading another of her renowned Catholic history walks around the City of London.
The walk begins at 6.30pm on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral and will cost £5, for more information see the website .
The Midland Catholic History Society and the English Catholic History Society are organising a trip to Worcester to visit St George’s Church & the Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive.
St George’s Church was built by the Jesuits in 1829, and taken over by the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1990.
The cost is £10 and can be booked with the attached form Mid Cath Hist Soc
The Staffordshire Record Office will be hosting a History Day on the 7th May 2016, 10am-5pm.
Tickets – £19.
For more information or to book, email staffordshire.record.office@Staffordshire.gov.uk
Heritage Open Days 2015 run from the 10th to the 15th September and the following Catholic sites are opening their doors during at least one of those days.
Please see the Heritage Open Days website for more information on a particular venue.
North East England
- St Cuthbert’s RC Church, Old Elvet – 1827 church by Ignatius Bonomi.
- Ushaw College – Former Catholic seminary
- Biddlestone Hall RC Chapel – Private family oratory.
- St Charles Borromeo RC Church, Hull – 1829 Rococo style church.
- St Hilda’s RC Church, Whitby – 1867 church by Hadfield
- St Cuthbert’s Church, Bradford – Grade II listed church with artwork by Eric Gill
North West England
- St Werburgh RC Church, Chester – 1875 church by Edmund Kirby.
- St Alban RC Church, Macclesfield – One of AWN Pugin’s best preserved churches.
- St Ann’s RC Church, Ashton under Lyne – Historic church by EW Pugin.
- St Christopher’s RC Church, Hurst Cross – Post-war split level church
- St Chad’s RC Church, Cheetham Hill – The Manchester Oratory – 1847 gothic church presently under restoration.
- Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Blackpool – Post-war chapel and shrine.
- Our Lady’s RC Church, Brownedge – Benedictine priory church.
- St Clare’s RC Church, Liverpool
- St Francis Xavier RC Church, Liverpool – Grade II* Listed Jesuit church dating from 1848
- Church of the Sacred Heart, Darwen
- St Joseph’s RC Church, Darwen
South East England
- Inglewood House, Kintbury, Hungerford – Former De La Salle College
- St James RC Church, Reading – Pugin’s first Catholic Church, dating from 1837
- Our Lady of Good Counsel & St Peter RC Church, March – Post war catholic parish church.
- Sacred Heart RC Church, St Ives – A church moved ‘brick by brick’ from Cambridge in 1902.
- St James the Less RC Church, Colchester – 1837 church by J.J. Scholes
- Our Lady & St Andrew RC Church, Hitchin
- RC Church of the Holy Rood, Watford – Grade 1 listed church
- Our Lady RC Church, King’s Lynn – 1896 church
- St Mary the Virgin, Guildford – 1847 church
- St Raphael’s RC Church, Kingston upon Thames – 1847 Grade II* Listed church
South West England
- Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Tavistock – Grade II* Listed former Anglican church.
- Lulworth Castle RC Chapel – 18th century private oratory.
- Eyre Chapel – Private oratory by Hansom
- St Joseph’s RC Church – Post-war church.
- St Peter’s RC Church, Gloucester – 1858 gothic church by Blount.
- St Edmund & Frideswide RC Church & Friary – Greyfriars Friary
- St Giles RC Church, Cheadle, Staffs – One of AWN Pugin’s finest churches
- Holy Trinity, Newcastle under Lyme – 1834 church in Medieval gothic style
- Cloughton Court, Alcester – Tudor stately home. Home to the recusant Catholic Throckmorton family
- Leamington Spa Mission – 1828 former Catholic church
- Leamington Spa Polish RC Church – 1830 former town hall.
- Princethorpe College, Rugby – Former Benedictine Priory from 1833.
- St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham – AWN Pugin’s Cathedral.
- Birmingham Oratory – Grade II listed Italian Baroque complex and church