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Church and Friary of St Francis
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Religion
Affiliation Catholic (Franciscan)
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Friary
Status Secular events venue
Location
Location Gorton,
Manchester,
England
Architecture
Architectural style High Victorian Gothic architecture
Completed 1872
Website
www.themonastery.co.uk

The Church and Friary of St Francis, known locally as Gorton Monastery, is a 19th-century former Franciscan friary in Gorton, Manchester, England. The Franciscans arrived in Gorton in December 1861 and built their friary between 1863 and 1867. Most of the building work was done by the friars themselves, with a brother acting as clerk of works. The foundation stone for the church was laid in 1866 and completed in 1872; it closed for worship in 1989. It is a prominent example of High Victorian Gothic architecture, and has been listed with Grade II* status since 1963. It was designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834–1875), whose father, A.W.N. Pugin, promoted the revival of Gothic as the style of architecture which was the ideal expression of Catholic faith and worship in church buildings.

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