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Welcome to St. Aidan's

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History

History

The History of St. Aidan's

The first Mass celebrated in Kingsthorpe was in 1955 when the numbers of Catholics in the northern part of the then Cathedral parish justified a weekly Sunday Mass. The Diocese purchased a site on Welford Road. This site was formerly a public house called the Rose & Crown occupying the present site of the Kingsthorpe Motor Company garage.

The numbers attending Sunday Mass increased and Fr Boswell, who had been appointed with responsibility for the area, moved the Sunday Mass to be celebrated in the larger premises of Thornton Hall. By 1960 it was imperative that, with a growing number of Catholics moving into this expanding area of the town, a new parish be created. It was dedicated to St Aidan.

The site on Welford Road was not suited to the proposed building design approved by the Bishop and so a site was found on Manor Road. This already had a substantial property called Manor House and an area of ground suitable for the building of a new church. On 27th July 1964 the Church of St Aidan opened and Fr Christopher Roberts was appointed as first Parish Priest.

The parish steadily grew in numbers and the sisters of Notre Dame established their prep school on the site of the former Barratt Shoes  family home known as St David's on Harborough Road. In the mid 1970s the Diocese built the Good Shepherd School on part of the site. The former prep school was given to the Diocese by the sisters and St David's Middle school was established. 

Fr Tony McDermott became Parish Priest in 1988, he was succeeded in 2012 by Monsignor Paul Donovan who was succeeded in 2014 by Fr. David Clark as Priest-in-charge. 

Parish boundaries

The parish boundary extends out into the northern part of the town and county on the Welford and Harborough Roads. The parish borders the neighbouring parishes of Sacred Heart, St Gregory, St Patrick and the Cathedral within the the Northampton town area.To the north the parish extends to the village of Kelmarsh where it meets the boundary with St.Edward's Kettering and to the west Our Lady & St Augustine Daventry.

Stations of the cross 

These hand-carved stations were purchased by subscription from the first parishioners of St Aidan's, along with the wood carved statue of Our Lady of the Wayside which is in the Lady Chapel.

The organ

Was constructed in 1965 from the kind donation of the former Victorian instrument used in Lamport Parish Church. Alfred Davies, a local firm, used the pipes and other parts to install this two-manual & pedals tracker organ in the choir gallery of the Church.

 

Photo Gallery: 
The commemorative foundation stone
The organ loft