Roman Catholic Church for Denaby Main – Foundation-Stone Laying.

August 1897

Sheffield Independent – Tuesday 19 October 1897

Roman Catholic Church for Denaby Main.
Foundation-Stone Laying.

Yesterday the Bishop of Leeds laid the foundation stone of a new Roman Catholic Church at Denaby Main

The religious services of this denomination are presently conducted in the old Denaby Main school premises, which were formerly used by Primitives and Wesleyan’s who now have chapels of their own.

The original intention was to have a new Roman Catholic Church erected on the road leading to Old Denaby, but satisfactory arrangements could not made, with Mr Fullerton the lord of the manor.

The present site is situated in New Conisbrough, a short distance from the building used for the services of the Established Church and the site is a gift of Mr Montagu. Messrs Empson and Clarkson, Bradford, of the architect, and Mr Robinson of Thornton, near Bradford is the builder and contractor. The cost of the building is estimated at about £5,000.

It is to be built of stone from the Mexborough quarries, lined with brick. Attached the church will be residence for the priest. For about two years, Father Kavanagh has been resident at Denaby Main. Yesterday a substantial sum was received at the stone laying

Amongst those present were pre-from Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Emsworth, Wakefield, Pontefract, Wath and Denaby.

The prayers etc were said in Latin by the Bishop, who sprinkled the foundations with holy water. The church is dedicated to St Albans.

At the close of the ceremonial the priest proceeded to the Reresby Arms where a dinner was provided.