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Linking heritage, art and culture to improve social mobility and life chances on the site of a former early C19 infantry barracks

The Forgotten Space

Overview of the a basement room discovered in October 2018 during asbestos survey of the St Ignatius Centre. The space is thought to have sealed up about 1904 when the Rectory was built. This brings with it a new exciting history for the building, discribed as a source of local pride and an identity as well as a reminder of Ordsall community’s culture and complexity.

Source of Local Pride

As well as the significance of the building itself, many residents of the community and surrounding areas fondly remember celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties as well as singing in the choir at the St Ignatius Centre. Graham Nash, original member of the pop group The Hollies, which was formed in Manchester in the early 1960s, is understood to have begun his musical career in the choir at the Church of St Ignatius.

Our Shared History

An identity as well as a reminder of Ordsall community’s culture and complexity. Depicting both a famous and recognisable dramatic of the community at the heart of the New Barracks Estate, which will give long-time residents as well as people who have lived or visited the area an opportunity to witness the aesthetic and cultural history of Ordsall and bringing people of all ages and walks of life together. 

Barracks Plan

Salford Barracks sold for the sum of £38,500 under the provisions of the Barracks Act of 1890 to the Corporation of Salford, to be used by the corporation for the erection of artisans' dwellings (known today as the New Barracks Estate).

List Entry Summary

St Ignatius Centre is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Heritage Benefits

The St Ignatius Centre will preserve and increase access to and awareness of our local heritage, while promoting local distinctiveness and opportunities for people in and around Ordsall.

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The Centre is one of few surviving works of Alfred Darbyshire (1839-1908) of regional and national importance that played prominent role in WWI and WWII memorial history.


St Ignatius Walk / King Edward St, Ordsall, Salford
M5 3RG

0300 302 1639

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