Saint Phillip Neri Church - Mansfield

In 2015 Saint Phillip Neri Roman Catholic Church will celebrate its 90th Anniversary.  I am trying to do research on the Church and would welcome any help in the form of:

What you know or recall about the Church.

Any pictures you might have (copies would be welcomed). Maybe Wedding or Christening photos if you would not mind them being part of our page and also a small exhibition of the Churches history.

Amusing stories or events you may recall that would be interesting.

Perhaps your recollections of the numerous priests who have served there.

Thank you


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  • From some notes I have - 

    St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Chesterfield Road.

    Source: Kelly’s Dir. Notts 1925 p.119

    The church was erected in 1923, at a cost of £17,500, on a site given by by Bishop Brindle D.S.O. . . . and has about 500 sittings; the presbytery adjoins the church.. . .

    In 1920 a bequest by Bishop Robert Brindle (who died in 1916) provided land on Chesterfield Road South for a new church. . . . new priest Fr. Charles Payne, who was appointed in 1921, raised £17,500 to build the church and presbytery clear of debt. . . . The final mass was said at Ratcliffe Gate on 20 March 1925, and on 24 March Bishop Dunn consecrated the new church. . . . The church was built with a fairly plain brick exterior, but an interior in the Italian Renaissance style with Italian marble pillars. It cost £18,000 and the designers were P. Edeson of Hartlepool, the builders Carney & Son of Derby. . . . 

    Local newspapers will have reported on the Consecration. 

    Source: Nottingham Evening Post 24 Mar 1925 p5

    The Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Bourne), who arrives at Mansfield this evening, will attend the church to-morrow for Pontifical High Mass, and will preach. Previous to this he will, in company with a large number of priests and members of the local Catholic Church walk in procession through the town from the old to the new church and will be joined in the Market-place by the Mayor and Corporation. 

    Earlier history.

    St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Ratcliffe Gate.

    Source: Grace of God p.33 (Old Mansfield Society Publication)

    In 1875 a local communicant, Mrs Susanna White, bought the “Manor House” in Ratcliffe Gate, which became both a place of local worship and a school, under Fr. W.H. Law, another Ilkestonian. In 1877, with the congregation growing rapidly, a convent of the Sisters of Mercy was established in the old house, and work began on a new church / schoolroom. The plain brick building, dedicated to St Philip Neri, was opened by the (Roman Catholic) Bishop of Nottingham, Dr Edward Bagshawe, on 27 August 1878.  

    John Vanags (Old Mansfield Society)

    By John Vanags (14/11/2014)

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