St Joseph, Moston - Roman Catholic Cemetery
In July 1872 Manchester experienced the most disasterous flood on record. The torrent washed away headstones and tore coffins out of the ground in the Roman Catholic part of Philips Park Cemetery. the coffins were dashed to pieces against the weir of an adjoining print works and the corpses were swept away to Ancoats, London Road and Chorlton-on-Medlock.
The Bishop appointed a cemetery board to consider the purchase of land for a catholic cemetery. On 20 July 1874 the Salford Diocese bought land in Moston. The cemetery was consecrated on 1 August 1875 and dedicated to St Joseph, under his title of Patron of a Happy Death.
An Order or Religious Congregation of Alexian Brothers was established at St Joseph's Cemetery whose duty was to nurse the sick, to lay out the dead, to bury them, and to pray for them. For a small fee the Brothers would maintain a grave in perfect condition.
The Moston Story by Fr Brian Seale 1983.
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