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Nazareth House, Prestwich / Heaton Park, Manchester, Lancashire

In 1906, the Sisters of Nazareth established a Nazareth House at Butterstile Lane, Prestwich. However, the site turned out to be unsuitable and inconvenient.

Nazareth House, Butterstile Lane site, 1909.

Nazareth House, Butterstile Lane, Prestwich, from the south, 1909. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1912, a replacement property known as High Bank was purchased for £12,000 on Scholes Lane, Heaton Park, Manchester.

In 1920, the home could house up to 85 destitute children aged 2 to 10 years, with a weekly payment requested of five to seven shillings, although some cases were accepted free. By 1935, the capacity of the home had increased to 220 children.

Nazareth House, Manchester, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Nazareth House, Manchester, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1959, a local newspaper featured a treat provided for the children by local taxi drivers.

Children from Nazareth House, Manchester, 1959.

The premises, still known as Nazareth House, are now a residential care home for the elderly.


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  • Sisters of Nazareth Archive, Sisters of Nazareth Archive, Nazareth House, 169-175 Hammersmith Road, London W6 8DB. The archivist is Christine Hughes. The archive contains material from the very beginnings of the order in the 1850s up until the present day. The archive is not open to the public and does not have facilities for personal searchers, although exceptions can be made for Sisters and for academic researchers. Enquiries are welcomed by post only for privacy and confidentiality reasons and replies are by also letter. There is no fee for dealing with enquiries, although donations to the Sisters are appreciated.