The Immaculate Conception, Haslingden - Roman Catholic
St. Mary's began in 1854 in conditions of great poverty. About 200 Catholics, many of them from Mayo, formed the nucleus of the new parish. Fr. Thomas Martin said Mass in a garret, but in five years Bishop Turner laid the foundation of a handsome Gothic church (June 22, 1859) and the church was opened the same year, November 13. Fr. Martin had the misfortune to see his congregation dwindle by several hundreds during the Cotton Famine. He stayed here until 1880. when he went to Ribchester. Fr. Michael E. Dillon was here until his death in 1895. Fr. Michael Buckley, later well known at St. Mary's, Oldham and Whitworth, was here until 1904. Fr. Notterdam was here for a short time and was followed by Fr. H. Hunt. The present flourishing parish has been ruled since 1934 by Fr. W. Meagher.
Haslingden is associated with the name of Michael Davitt, the famous Irish patriot and writer. He came to Haslingden as a boy and owing to an accident in a cotton mill lost an arm. His sterling worth is shown by the way in which he educated himself, became the editor of a Labour paper, and later distinguished himself as an Irish member of the House of Commons. He always expressed gratitude for the kind treatment he received in Haslingden.
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.
Copies of Original Registers
- 1876-1941 held by Lancashire Record Office MF 1/187 216 - Microfilm
- 1947-1963 held by Lancashire Record Office RCSF 2
- 1886-1941 held by Lancashire Record Office MF 1/187 216 - Microfilm
- 1947-1955 held by Lancashire Record Office RCSF 2
- 1961-1962 held by Lancashire Record Office RCSF 2
- this church marked on a Google map. (Use this to report a corrected location)
- Google Streetview (Drag pegman to centre of map to show picture)
- Open StreetMap
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- Elgin Road Works (Zoom in via this one to see house numbers)
- Vision of Britain
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Google maps showing nearby churches with satellite image option.
This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no connection with the churches etc. themselves. For current information you should contact them directly.
Help requiredThe information provided has been obtained from a number of sources and although every effort is made to avoid errors, just a few may be present. So if there are any please let us know. [Use the link at the bottom of this page].
We do not currently have the following information, and if you can provide it then please do so:
- We think we have the exact location of the church.
If not please select
the following link and
use the instructions
for passing on map locations.
That should enable us to determine the exact location. Use the contact link at the end of this page
to send us an email, and paste in the URL you have selected.
Click here to show map.
- Who holds the records of baptisms, marriages or burials? Have any transcripts of the registers been published?
If you have any further information about the church that you think would be useful to other researchers then do get in touch.