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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

St Ann's Church


St Ann's Roman Catholic Church on Burlington Street was opened in 1859 replacing a temporary chapel opened in 1852.

Much of the money for the building of the church was raised by Father William Crombleholme but, as Ashton fell victim to the effects of the "Cotton Famine", he was left with huge debts. The "Murphy Riots" of 1868 had resulted in considerable damage being done to the building, adding to the financial disaster.

There was no way the impoverished parishioners could raise the money needed, so in 1873, Father Crombleholme was given permission by the bishop to go on a five-year missionary tour of America to raise funds. Sadly, he died during his second missionary trip in 1884.

It was intended that the church should have a tower and spire (on the right hand corner, as seen in the photo) but the lack of money meant that these were never built. In 2003 the parish was amalgamated with that of neighbouring St Mary's when that church was demolished.

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7 comments:

  1. OK! so check this outQ
    I'm second from the left!
    http://ashtonian.smugmug.com/photos/494321675_pZhDo-L.jpg

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  2. I've always thought that this church was lovely - almost a village-like church.

    It's a building that always makes me smile each time I pass it.

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  3. What an interesting story abt Father Crombleholme (magnificent moniker too!)!
    I used to go to Saturday night dances at St Ann's in my youth.

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  4. Fascinating and I agree with Meg about his cumbersome name.

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  5. Furthermore, who can forget the rhyme..
    St Annes, pots and pans
    Never wash their dirty hands.

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  6. Sharon Bardsley18 May 2009 at 20:38

    Hi

    Does anyone out there have any info on info from around 1911. I am searching for my Grandma who attended that school.

    Sharon

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  7. Hello Sharon. Try posting your question on the Forum that goes with the Ashton site:
    http://forum.ashton-under-lyne.com

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