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St Brigid Roman Catholic, Bradford

St Brigid,
Mill Street (now on Grey Mare Lane),


The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

It was founded in 1879 on Mill Street. In 1995 that church building had to be demolished to make space for a new road, and they moved a short distance to Grey Mare Lane.

The parish is an offshoot from St. Anne's, Ancoats. Canon Liptrott acquired a site in 1877 upon which to build a school-chapel. This was opened in 1879. The mission became independent in 1880. Fr. William Sassen, a Dutch priest, served the mission for nearly 35 years. A new church was opened in 1884. The parish grew rapidly in numbers and largely through Fr. Sassen's efforts, St. Vincent's, Openshaw, and St. Willibrord's, Clayton, were developed into new parishes. Fr. W. Moran and Fr. Prendergast served here for a time, but for many years the parish priest has been Fr. Joseph Fitzgerald.

Taken from '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.

St. Brigid's Parish Key Dates
14th November,1879: Foundation of the Parish by Fr. Sassen.
18th May, 1884: First Church opened.
3rd March, 1901: Second Church opened by Bishop Bilsborrow.
8th December,1964: Reconsecration of the Second Church.
16th October, 1971: Parish Hall opened.
30th June,1979: Centenary Celebration.
20th August,1995: Last Mass celebrated in Second Church.
27th August, 1995: First Mass to be celebrated in Third Church building, the newly converted Parish Hall.

Parish Priests
Fr. William SassenNov 1879 - May 1913
Fr. William MoranMay 1913 - Jun 1915
Fr. Patrick PrendergastJun 1915 - May 1922
Fr. Joseph Edward FitzgeraldMay 1922 - Nov 1964
Fr. Michael CroninDec 1964 - Apr 1990
Fr. William MartinMay 1990 - July 1995

Church Records

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Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Manchester Central Library, hold:

  • Baptisms 1879-1941
  • Marriages 1880-1939
  • Confirmations 1882-1940

The present church on Grey Mare Lane is located

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The church is located at OS grid reference SJ8717398130 (Lat/Lon 53.479726,-2.194754). You can see this on maps provided by: