"PLACES OF WORSHIP" Wolverhampton Churches.

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  • #5186


    Billy

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    Revealing the past religious importance of our town

    St Peters Tower

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #5187


    Billy

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    The story of Giffard House, and the adjoining chapel of St Peter and Paul, with its Catholic Infant and junior schools , would feature quite frequently in the history of my family over the years.

    My father’s family were strong Catholics, and living just off North Street, all attended the Church and School.

    When my father married, although my mother was Protestant, they still had their marriage there in 1936, and all of dads family did likewise.

    My first visit to St Peter and St Paul, was at the age of seven in 1944; the occasion being dads sister, Josie’s wedding.
    I was there again the following year, this time for the wedding of dad’s youngest sister Doreen.to Dennis Cooke awaiting demob.

    Doreens Wedding

    The Wedding party of my aunt Doreen, outside on the steps of Ss Peter and Paul in 1945.

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #5188


    Billy

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    For one reason or another. the early part of my education ,starting in 1941, took place close to where we lived at Red Cross Street – a Church of England School; but when I was eleven, and had to go to a senior school, I chose to go St Joseph’s, a Catholic Boys School, in Steelhouse Lane.

    During the next two years, seen, by the visiting priests from both – St Patricks and St Peters and Paul, as a new convert to the faith, I was offered by them, a more than liberal share of religious education.

    I soon became a choirboy and altar server at St Patrick’s Church , where Father Rooney, was Parish Priest,but also on occasion, served on the alter at St Peter and Paul’s, with Father Kavanaugh.

    It was during this period in time that I would visit Giffard House, the most fascinating building I had entered to date.
    A junior priest at the church Father Connefry, was to take me on a course of religious studies. I’ll never forget the first time I knocked on the oak front door, and on entering into the large hall, I saw this huge staircase that seemed to go up and up, and disappear into the roof .

    Later, Father Connefry would show me all over this ancient house and at the top of the stairs, was this large attic room, where there were stored items of all descriptions from the past, including antique pictures , old firearms and fascinating objects of all types of memorabilia.

    But the one place I would later visit and never forget, was below the Church itself, to enter a tunnel and gaze through the glass partition into the crypt ,where the remains of John Milner, The Catholic Archbishop lay.

    Giffard Staircase

    The magnificent Giffard House Staircase first seen by me in 1949.

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #5189


    Billy

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    Looking today at the architectural gem that is Giffard house and its adjoining chapel of St Peter and St Paul situated across from today’s Civic Centre in North Street:
    its hard to imagine any one would wish for either of these historic buildings to be demolished.
    But they did; as this was stated in the Express and Star on the 28th of August 1978. I quote;
    “The Town Council has received an application from the agents of this Roman Catholic Archdiocese, who want to replace it with a four story office block”.

    The Parish Priest FR. Malloy said, “he hoped to then build a new parish church in Whitmore Reans”. “Thank God this didn’t come off”

    Giffard House 70's

    The House and Chapel pictured in the 1970’s

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #5191


    Billy

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    Church 1920s

    A 1920’s view of the magnificent interior of Ss Peter & Pauls Church Paternoster Row North Street Wolverhampton.

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #5218


    Billy

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    For Roy:

    St Patricks Church unfortunately stood in the way of the ring – road.

    St Patricks Church 60's

    I have many fond memories of St Patricks and the resident Catholic Priest for many years Father Rooney.

    Especially his fondness for Snuff, and his never ending raffle tickets sales.

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #5241


    Billy

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    “Unspoilt by Progess”

    It took us Wulfrunians just 100 years to change this superb tranquil scene on Penn Road

    St Pauls 1

    To This What do you think was it worth it!

    St Pauls 2

    Below the old cellar head.

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