Corpus Christi Priory

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Coordinates: 53°29′33″N 2°12′54″W / 53.49250°N 2.21500°W / 53.49250; -2.21500

A church on Varley Street (geograph 3656821).jpg

Corpus Christi Priory was a Roman Catholic Premonstratensian priory in Manchester, England.

The Church[edit]

The Norbertine Canons Regular first came to Manchester in 1889 from the Belgian Abbey of Tongerlo and in the Miles Platting area of Manchester built Corpus Christi Basilica. The foundation stone of the church designed by William Telford Gunson was laid on 14 July 1906, by Bishop Louis Charles Casartelli and it was opened the following year on 5 November 1907. The basilica was later designated a Grade II listed building.[1]

Corpus Christi became an independent canonry of the Premonstratensian order in 2004. The Norbertine Canons continued to serve Corpus Christi until 2007 when mounting repair and maintenance costs forced its closure.[2] Final Mass was celebrated on 27 April 2007. The community initially relocated to St Chad's, Cheetham Hill then to Chelmsford, Essex in 2008.


  1. ^ "Corpus Christi Basilica, Manchester". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Basilica closes after 118 years". BBC News. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007. 

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