BUILDING – Coatham Roman Catholic Church Opening.
Accreditation The Redcar & Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 10/08/1877
OPENING OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL
This place of worship was solemnly opened on Tuesday, by the Bishop of Beverley. The building is on the West side of the town a short distance from the gasworks, and is only intended to serve as a chapel until the completion of the proposed church on the land adjoining, when it will be devoted to school uses. A house for the priest-in-charge, The Rev. E. W. Riddell, is also contemplated.
In connection with Tuesday’s proceedings there was high mass, the musical portion of the service being ably carried out by a talented choir from Stockton, under the leadership of Mr. Foggitt. The Bishop, in the course of a brief and appropriate address, said they had met to celebrate a new spot on God’s earth, and it ought always to be a joy to the lover of God that a new spot was being dedicated to His divine service. He then referred to their object – the dissemination of truth – and he hoped they would increase in their numbers in that district.
In the afternoon a tea party was held in the Central Hall, and was followed by a concert in the evening.