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Manchester, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, St. John's RC Church, Baptisms 1893-1931 (Download)

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Manchester, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, St. John's RC Church, Baptisms 1893-1931 (Download)


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The information which is contained in this download is taken from the original registers, the originals of which are held by Lancashire Archives at Preston.

This download, which is in PDF format, contains a scanned copy of the original baptism registers complete with a transcript of the 1,008 baptisms performed and an index to the 4,312 names of children, parents and godparents which appear in the register.

St. John's RC Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy

The first mission was commenced here in 1892, as a chapel dedicated to St. Peter, in Barlow Moor Road. Father Jerome Vaughan was in charge until 1896. Then for a period, Fr. Paul Dootson took over the chapel. Father Frederick Pozzi Holt worked here until 1916, when Mgr. Joseph Kelly was appointed.

Largely through the generosity of the John Leeming family, the parish saw the building of a new church in 1927. The parish changed the name of its patron when the new church was built, assuming the name of St. John's, no doubt as a tribute to the John Leeming family.

Father Edward McGuinness was parish priest until 1946, and then Father William Sewell came here from his long and distinguished career as Chaplain to the Diocesan Rescue Society. St. John's helped to found the new parishes of St. Teresa's, Firswood, and St. Ambrose, West Didsbury.

The above description is based on information published in "Salford Diocese and its Catholic past", a survey by Charles A. Bolton, a Priest of the above Diocese. Published 1950 on the First Centenary for the Diocese of Salford.

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