The Industrial Revolution brought thousands of Catholic Irish and Italian immigrants to Manchester. Descendants included Victorian detective, Jerome Caminada; first Catholic Mayor, Daniel McCabe; and Bishop Casartelli, who promoted Catholic social action. But Manchester’s Catholic origins go back much further – to an 8th-century Anglo-Saxon chapel. Catholics have made a significant impact on Manchester for over 1200 years. What role did the Cathedral play? Did you know the Hidden Gem is England’s first urban post-Reformation Catholic church? Stand in Roman Entry, where Catholics worshipped in penal times. Hear about Elizabeth Prout, saint in the making, and Bishop Vaughan’s misbehaving alligator!
Meet Pauline Lloyd at the Manchester Visitor Information Centre, 1 Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RG