ST CHARLES CHURCH
OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, a few metres ahead of you, was the first dedicated catholic place of worship in Hadfield and Padfield. It was founded by Lord Edward Fitzalan Howard, the First Baron Howard of Glossop and second son of the 13th Duke of Norfolk, and his wife Lady Augusta Talbot, in 1858. At this time, there were a growing number of Catholics including industrialist John Dalton who established a calico print works in Hollingworth.
Canon Herman Sabela, German-born Priest from 1883-1914, created the landscaping, trees, terraced walks and statues. After Lord Bernard Edward Howard moved to Yorkshire in 1924, the Diocese of Nottingham acquired the church and land.
Father John Sullivan, Priest from 1970-99, reconstructed the high altar that allowed Mass to be said facing the congregation. If you proceed past the church and down the hill you will see a cave-like structure that is one of the country’s earliest Lourdes shrines.
The original St Charles Catholic School - also opened in 1858 - is located at the bottom of the hill on Woolley Bridge Road. The one room school closed when the new St Charles Catholic Primary School, to your left, opened in 1975. The school was extended earlier this century.
St Charles Church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008 during the Priesthood of Canon Don Bowdren who became the 14th Parish Priest in 1999.
In 2011, a campaign started, through the Friends of St Charles Hall, to restore the former school building into a multi use community facility.