The Church of the Sacred Heart at Hindsford, Atherton, in the Liverpool Archdiocese
was opened in 1869. It was built to serve the Catholics of Hindsford, Tyldesley,
Atherton, Boothstown and Astley. Prior to that date the nearest Catholic church was
St Joseph, Leigh.The first Parish Priest was Father Dawber, who, from 1865, said
Mass in a loft above a stable behind the Star and Garter Hotel, Tyldesley. He was
followed by Father James Lennon who sought almost in vain for a site for a Church
fairly central for Boothstown, Tyldesley and Atherton until a site was given in Hindsford
by Lord Lilford, enabling work to start on the 400-
Father Richard Joseph O’Neill was sent as curate and later succeeded Father Lennon
as Parish Priest. The site of St Richard’s in Mayfield Street, Atherton was obtained
by Father O’Neill in 1889 and a school-
Although the church at Hindsford closed in 2004 (following discussions within the parish and despite the listing of the buildings as of special architectural importance) the parish community is still very much alive. Community and faith services are organised at significant times in the liturgical calendar, such as Christmas, Easter and the Feast of the Sacred Heart. They are held in the churchyard or the parish centre, depending on the weather. All sections of the community are involved, including the children from the primary school and St Mary’s High School. Coach trips to churches and other venues of interest in the Manchester area are to be arranged in the near future.
A statue of the Our Lady has been erected in the churchyard and the gardens are tended to provide a place for people to sit in quiet contemplation and prayer.
Prior to the church’s closure, one of our parishioners, Mr Ray Hilton, took several photos of the interior and some of them are reproduced here with his kind permission.
Who Are We
|Who We Are|
|Our Early History|
|English Heritage Survey 2007|
|Our Photo Gallery 'Winterland'|
|Our Photo Gallery 'Our Carol Service'|
|Our Photo Gallery 'Our Lady'|
|Our Photo Gallery|
|Weekly Mass Times Intentions|