SJ7996 : St Antony's Church - Inside the Tin Tabernacle - Stained Glass Window

taken 6 years ago, near to Trafford Park, Trafford, Great Britain

St Antony's Church - Inside the Tin Tabernacle - Stained Glass Window
St Antony's Church - Inside the Tin Tabernacle - Stained Glass Window
The De-Trafford family had a Catholic chapel at Barton. It is now widely believed that before the demolition of the small chapel, the artefacts were donated to St Antony's; hence there is a mix of stained glass windows. The front window in the main body of the church on the left hand side shows the coat of arms of the De-Trafford's and is dedicated to St Francis and St Anne*, denoting Anne and Francis de-Trafford who were present at the Hall at this time and were Catholics.

* "SANCTA ANNA ORA PRO NOBIS" and "SANCTA FRANCISCE ORA PRO NOBIS" in the lower lights of the window.
St Antony's Church, The Tin Tabernacle at Trafford Park Village

St Antony of Padua Church was built to serve the residents of the newly built Westinghouse Village in 1904. The church has a corrugated iron structure which it maintains although it was reclad in 1994. It is one of the last remaining 'Tin Tabernacle' Churches in the UK.

The historic Tin Tabernacle Church of St Antony's is a typical example of a number of “tin tabernacles” Link that were built at the end of the late 1890s/early 1900s. Three such “tin tabernacles” were built in the area to serve the workers on Trafford Park and the families living in the village; as well as the Roman Catholic St Antony of Padua church, a Methodist chapel was built in 1901 and the Anglican St Cuthbert's Church in 1902.

The construction originally forms a timber frame clad with treated corrugated steel. This remained in its original form until the Second World War. In the 1940s, after a bomb dropped on the adjoining warehouse, an additional metal structure was built on the outside of the church to support the frame as it was understood that the blast from the bomb was in danger of making the church lean.

The overall design of the church is similar to many operating in the country of which there are believed to be about 100 surviving examples although there are very few which are still in operation as church buildings. Most of the surviving structures have been converted to other uses over the years as community centres, offices and youth clubs etc.

Much of the Trafford Park Village was demolished by the early 1980s leaving the church with no resident population. Its parish of St Antony of Padua became an industrial chaplaincy. The church closed in 2009 but whilst the church is no longer fully operational, it is used for private services and Mass services linked to the Spirituality Project and is maintained by the Centre for Church and Industry.

LinkExternal link St Antony’s Centre

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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7945 9669 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.9927N 2:18.6611W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7945 9669
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Trafford Park  Tin Tabernacle  Place of Religious Worship  Chapel  Stained Glass Window 

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