St Mary's Church, Loughborough

St Mary's Church or St Mary of the Annunciation Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. It was built in 1834 in the neoclassical style and has been served by the Rosminians since 1841, it was their first church in the UK, and outside of Italy. It is located opposite the junction of Ashby Road and Radmoor Road to the west of the town centre. It is a Grade II listed building.[3]

St Mary's Church
St Mary of the Annunication Church
St Mary's Church, Loughborough by Richard Vince geograph 3762042.jpg
Coordinates: 52°46′21″N 1°12′57″W / 52.7725°N 1.2157°W / 52.7725; -1.2157
OS grid referenceSK9784071388
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationRoman Catholic
Religious instituteRosminians
Founder(s)Fr Benjamin Hulme
DedicationMary, mother of Jesus
Associated peopleAloysius Gentili
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade II listed
Designated5 November 1984[1]
Architect(s)William Flint
A. M. Barrowcliffe
ParishSt Mary's



In 1833, Fr Benjamin Hulme came to Loughborough and started a mission there. He organised the purchasing of the site of the current church and commissioned an architect, William Flint from Leicester, to design the church. In 1834, the church and the presbytery next to it were built.[4]


In 1838, the Rosminians were ratified in Rome. In 1839, the first of Rosminian vows were made. The only country the Rosminians worked in, outside of Italy, was the UK. In 1841, led by Aloysius Gentili, they began serving the church. In 1845, from the church, they founded Radcliffe College.[5]


In 1920s, the church was enlarged. A new nave and portico entrance were added facing on to the street. They were designed by a local architect A. M. Barrowcliffe. In 1933, a new high altar was consecrated. In 1937, marble altar rails were added. The parts of the church from before the extensions were added became the chancel, Lady chapel and sacristy.[4]


St Mary's Church is its own parish. It has four Sunday Masses at 6:00pm on Saturday, 9:00am and 11:15am on Sunday and a Mass in Italian at 4:00pm on Sunday.[2]

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  1. ^ Church of St Mary and House Adjoining, British Listed Buildings, retrieved 11 May 2022
  2. ^ a b Directory, Diocese of Nottingham, retrieved 11 May 2022
  3. ^ Church of St Mary and House adjoining, Historic England, retrieved 11 May 2022
  4. ^ a b Historic England, Loughborough – St Mary of the Annunciation, Taking Stock, retrieved 11 May 2022
  5. ^ Pollard, William Henry, Rosminians, The Catholic Encyclopedia, retrieved 11 May 2022.

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