With apologies for short notice.
English Martyrs' church, Preston
After a lapse of two years due to COVID, a pilgrimage in honour of the English Martyrs is to take place at Preston on Saturday 7th May.
The programme is as follows:
11.45am Assemble at St Walburge's Church.
12 noon Procession to Church of the English Martyrs' starts
1pm (approx) Sung Mass at English Martyrs' begins, followed by tea in the hall.
The pilgrimage will be led by the canons of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, which has custody of both of these spectacular Preston churches.
The Church of St Walburge was designed by Joseph Hansom and opened in 1854. It boasts the third highest steeple in England, only being surpassed by Salisbury and Norwich Cathedrals. The Institute of Christ the King has begun a restoration scheme, which will take many years, and is estimated to cost £3.5 million. Currently, the first stage of the roof renewal is in hand.
The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs was designed by Edward Welby Pugin, and was opened four years after St Walburge's in 1867. Unlike St Walburge's which was built by the Jesuits, English Martyrs' Church was staffed by diocesan clergy.
St Walberge Weston St, Preston. PR2 2QE
English Martyrs Garston Road, Preston. PR1 1NA