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St Mary and St Romuald
St Mary St Romuald Roman Catholic Church.jpg
54°30′26″N 1°21′13″W / 54.50710°N 1.35365°W / 54.50710; -1.35365Coordinates: 54°30′26″N 1°21′13″W / 54.50710°N 1.35365°W / 54.50710; -1.35365
Denomination Catholic Church
Churchmanship Latin Rite
Website Ss Mary and Romuald
History
Dedication Blessed Virgin Mary, St Romuald
Administration
Diocese Middlesbrough
Province Liverpool
Clergy
Priest(s) Rev Neil McNicholas (from 2015)

St Mary and St Romuald is a Roman Catholic parish church in the parish of Yarm, North Yorkshire, England. Administratively, it is part of the Diocese of Middlesbrough.

History

The Church of St. Mary and St. Romuald is located on land that was at one time attached to the Black Friars monastery, which was founded at Yarm in 1260.

The parish originated as a domestic chaplaincy to the Meynell family. In 1860, the parish received its own free-standing church, a gift from Thomas Meynell to his wife. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of York, Mother of Mercy, and St. Romuald, abbot and monastic founder. St. Romuald was born in Ravenna, a favourite resort of the Meynells.

The current parish priest is Fr. Neil McNicholas, who was appointed in 2015. He is the author of several books on Catholicism.

Architecture

The church was designed by Hadfield & Goldie of Sheffield. It is constructed of red brick with a slate roof, and is "a well-detailed example of the use of structural polychromatic brickwork, popular in the 1860s".

The East window was designed by John Hardman Powell of Hardman & Co.

The church is a Grade II listed building, as it "represents a relatively early and little altered church" by the Catholic architect George Goldie.

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