Sacred Heart Church
Atherton
Greater Manchester

M46 9AP
United Kingdom



Who we are

Mission Statement

To re-instate worship for the Hindsford Community

To maintain our cultural heritage and provide facilities for community use.



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Sacred Heart
Tyldesley Road
Hindsford
Atherton, Greater Manchester M46 9AP
United Kingdom
Phone: (01942) 883395 / 0161 790 2390
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Rev Paul Seddon VF
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Tyldesley Road
Hindsford
Atherton, Greater Manchester M46 9AP
United Kingdom
Phone: (01942) 883395 / 0161 790 2390
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c/o Sacred Heart Church, Hindsford at St. Richard’s RC Church
Mayfield Street Atherton
Manchester
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This year we will operate the reduced Mass times for the whole of July and August. This allows us to once more try this out for when we have fewer priests. The Mass times will be

8.45am Holy Family

10.00am St Richards

11.15am St Ambrose Barlow

http://www.sacredheartrchindsford.co.uk/weekly_mass_times_intentions.html

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History of Sacred Heart Atherton Greater Manchester

Our Early History

The architect of our church was Edmund Kirby 1838-1920. He was born in Birkenhead to Catholic parents and he also remained a devout Catholic all his life. Edmund was educated at Sedgely Park School and then at Oscott College where his talent as a draughtsman was brought to the attention of Edward Welby Pugin.

Edmund studied with Pugin for 5 years. He also spent time with John Douglas of Chester and John Hardman in Birmingham. In 1862 Edmund was admitted to the Royal Academy to study Architecture assisted by a written personal recommendation by Pugin.

Edmund set up his own practice in Birkenhead in 1867. Most of his work like his mentor was in the early English style of gothic architecture. The majority of his commissions were in the North West of England and included many Catholic Churches.

An extract obtained from Edmund’s diary dated Saturday March 14th 1868 details his visit by train to Tyldesley Station. He was met there by John Holland, Rev James Lennon of Newton and AK of Tyldesley. They then went to view the site of the proposed church at Hindsford. The entry concludes, “ I thank God and give every benediction for a fine job” Our church was one of the first full commissions that Edmund undertook.

In 1887 the stained glass window of the Sacred Heart was installed in our church. It was designed and made by Meyer of Munich and London. The company was one of the first to re-introduce the lost art of stained glass making. In 1892 the Company was named by Pope Leo XIII, Pontifical Institute of Christian Art.

The Church of the Sacred Heart at Hindsford, Atherton, in the Liverpool Archdiocese was opened in 1869. It was built to serve the Catholics of Hindsford, Tyldesley, Atherton, Boothstown and Astley. Prior to that date the nearest Catholic church was St Joseph, Leigh.The first Parish Priest was Father Dawber, who, from 1865, said Mass in a loft above a stable behind the Star and Garter Hotel, Tyldesley. He was followed by Father James Lennon who sought almost in vain for a site for a Church fairly central for Boothstown, Tyldesley and Atherton until a site was given in Hindsford by Lord Lilford, enabling work to start on the 400-seat Church of the Sacred Heart in 1868.

Father Richard Joseph O’Neill was sent as curate and later succeeded Father Lennon as Parish Priest. The site of St Richard’s in Mayfield Street, Atherton was obtained by Father O’Neill in 1889 and a school-chapel was erected. Father Andrew Flynn, assistant priest at Hindsford, moved to Mayfield Street and became the first parish priest of Atherton in 1894. The current church of St Richard’s, Atherton was built by Father T. Almond in 1928. As the local Catholic congregation grew another new parish, Holy Family, was formed in Boothstown in 1897, but it was not until 1930 that the present Boothstown church was built. St. Gabriel’s parish in Higher Folds was formed in 1956 and St Ambrose Barlow parish in Astley was formed in 1965, the new church there being built as recently as 1981. In 2005 the five parishes that had started as one in Tyldesley in 1865 were brought back together as one community under the patronage of Saint Margaret Clitherow.

Although the church at Hindsford closed in 2004 (following discussions within the parish and despite the listing of the buildings as of special architectural importance) the parish community is still very much alive. Community and faith services are organised at significant times in the liturgical calendar, such as Christmas, Easter and the Feast of the Sacred Heart. They are held in the churchyard or the parish centre, depending on the weather. All sections of the community are involved, including the children from the primary school and St Mary’s High School. Coach trips to churches and other venues of interest in the Manchester area are to be arranged in the near future.

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