Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gorton Monastery

Fifteen Trust members turned up today, for a guided tour of Gorton Monastery, and what a place it is.

Built in the 1860's as a statement to the people of Manchester, that the Catholic Church was back in this country, after hundreds of years of oppression and persecution.

It's Architect, Edward Pugin, used the sun's rays in an amazing way to pick out features of the church at different times of the day and year.

Not all the architectural features are yet back in place as many were sold or destroyed during years of decay, but what has been done to restore and reuse the building is just miraculous.