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St Peter and the English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church
The early Catholic Mission, Temple Street, Lower Gornal.
Image courtesy of Mr Ian Beach, sedgleymanor.com
Father John Day who served Sedgley 1858-1865, is credited in erecting the first Catholic chapel-of-ease in Gornal, the location of this is uncertain.
In the booklet "Historical Notes on the Catholic Mission of Sedgley, Staffordshire", published in 1924, the Cannon Hymes writes:-
"I have been told and the authority should be a reliable one-that Fr. Day erected at Gornal Wood a room meant to serve as a chapel-of-ease. Apparently it was used for mission purposes for some time, but with inadequate success, and in consequence the use of it was discontinued. Later, sad to relate, it was sold-by whom I know not-and is now in Protestant hands and is used as a chapel."
A Roman Catholic 'school' was listed in Gornal in 1865, [Jones's Merchantile Directory] with John Coulson, Master and Ann Coulson, Mistress. Schools were usually related to a place of worship at this time and it is presumed this would have been part of this early Catholic mission.
Canon Hymers, who served Sedgley All Saints between 1922 and 1938, established the later chapel-of-ease in Temple Street, Lower Gornal.
The Roman Catholic Mission Church in Temple Street, Lower Gornal was erected in 1938 at a cost of £1,500.
There is reference to the St. Peter and the English Martyrs in Lower Gornal, from 1928, possibly an earlier building on the same site.
The modern Catholic Church in Temple Street today
A new church in a modernistic style was built on the site of the old church building in 1966 and completed in 1967, it was opened on 24th October, 1967 by Bishop Cleary."
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