ENGLISH MARTYRS – HISTORY
The history of English Martyrs goes back to the early 1940’s. On 14 March 1943 the first mass was said in the Northfield Hotel in Southfield Road. A site was then purchased in Southfield Road and a wooden hut was constructed. This hut was blessed by Father Roche on 13 July 1947 and dedicated to the English Martyrs. In February 1965 work started on a permanent hall to replace the hut. The first mass was said in the new hall in January 1966. The later sale of this hall funded the construction of the church in Tuffley Lane, the present site, which was completed in 1980. The first mass was celebrated on 29 June 1980.