The Roman Catholic community in Radcliffe was first served in 1861, by priests from Ramsbottom, a few miles to the north, who would travel on horseback to celebrate Mass and the Sacraments for the small Catholic community. By 1863, the Parish had its first permanent priest, and a Chapel that doubled as a joiners shop during the week. The present Church was built in 1894 at a cost of £3,000.00, when Fr William Fowler was Rector. At that time it was known as Saint Marys: the dedication to Saint Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, first appears in 1896.
Beginnings: an article about our earliest years and beginnings.
I Remember: a reflection on the last sixty years.
The Priests of Saint Mary's: an historical list of Rectors, Parish Priests and Assistant Priests from 1860 to the present.
The Archive Gallery: pictures from our past, including the Church in 1894!