Catholic church is represented in Bollington by St
Gregory's church in Wellington
Gregory's primary school in Albert
Road, and the Salesian mission at Ingersley
the church refers to as Savio House.
The church was established here by Father John Hall, from
Macclesfield, in 1830. This was a time when the local Catholic
population was expanding rapidly as a result of the influx
of Irish families to work both in the mills and on the construction
of the Macclesfield Canal. The
first church, or rather, chapel, was two rented cottages
which served both as church and school.
In 1834 William
Turner of Shrigley Hall gave land to both the Anglicans
and the Catholics for the construction of new churches.
While the Anglicans built St
John's in Church
Street the Catholic St Gregory's chapel was constructed
off the end of nearby Chapel
Street. Fr Hall continued to minister to Bollington
from Macclesfield until the first resident priest came
In 1866 the church converted a row of cottages in Chapel
Street to become their first school in Bollington.
In 1952 Fr Thomas Osbyrne came to the town. He is described
as 'perhaps the most dynamic of all
Bollington's parish priests'.
In 1957 he demolished the original buildings and built the
present church and presbytery in Wellington Road. The cemetery
remained in Chapel Street. In 1962 he built the new school
in Albert Road and converted the Chapel Street premises back
to cottages. He erected an ex-army hut behind the church
to serve as a church hall.
In 1981 the Salesians became responsible for the parish.
At about this time the Salesians vacated Shrigley
Hall, which then became a hotel, and took Ingersley
Hall (Savio House) where they remain to this day.
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