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History of St Josephs

The Parish was founded in 1912 and serves 18 villages

1904: A priest from Oldcotes rode to say Mass for people working on the sinking of the Colliery Shaft. Mass was said in one of the Nissen huts in what was called "Tin Town". Patrick Kennedy, an Irish Altar Server, rode on his bicycle to Kiveton Station to collect the Altar Stone for the tin chapel at Dinnington Colliery.

1907: Priest from Maltby took place of Oldcotes priest.

1910: Bishop Poskitt sent a Parish Priest to Dinnington.

1912: Father Angenant, a Dutch Priest, appointed first Parish Priest of St Joseph's by the Bishop of Leeds.

1917: Church opened and blessed by Bishop Cowgill.

1956: Church extended. Bishop Heenan blessed the church extension and told the people that next time he came he wanted to bless a school.

1964: St Joseph's School opened. Bishop George Patrick Dwyer blessed the School.

1981: Fire in St Joseph's Church. Church re-ordered after the fire.

1989: Parish Rooms added to the Church.

200?: New Front window & side windows fitted.

2012: Father Green died Friday 8 June.



The population of Dinnington expanded around the turn of the twentieth century, with the sinking of shafts for the colliery in 1902. New housing estates were built, along with recreational facilities including the Miners’ Welfare Institute and recreation ground. In 1909 a Mass centre was opened, served from Oldcotes and Maltby. Mass was said in Tin Town, the first area of mining housing, in one of the Nissen huts. In 1912, the Rev. Henry Angenent was appointed as first priest to the mission, and led plans for a permanent church. The present church was built to the designs of H. Blenkinsop and F. Scatchardand opened in 1915, when the parish was founded. It was blessed by Bishop Cowgill of Leeds in 1917.

After the Second World War housing expansion continued and to accommodate the growing Catholic congregation the church was extended to the west in 1956. Historic photographs suggest that the sanctuary was also reordered and simplified at this time. 

Following a fire in 1981 St Joseph’s was again reordered. By 1989, a single-storey extension had been built to the north to provide parish rooms and ancillary facilities. More recently stained glass was installed at the west end and on the south side of the nave.

The original church was built to the designs of H. Blenkinsop & F. Scatchard in 1915, and considerably enlarged to the west in 1956 (architect not established). It is faced in red brick laid in English bond, with red terracotta details in the early work and a Welsh slate roof. The plan consists of a nave and sanctuary under one roof with sacristy and confessionals. The original work is in Lombard Romanesque style, the post-war work forming a plainer counterpoint.

The gabled west end is dominated by a single window in a wide Tudor-arched opening. To its north is a brick addition of 1989, with slate-hung gable. The south side of the nave is of three bays defined by recessed brick panels, each with a semi-circular headed window, followed by a two-bay projection under a catslide roof containing confessionals, with shorter single-light windows in recessed panels. The north side has three rectangular single-light windows, and three pairs with segmental brick heads. The two-bay sanctuary belongs to the original work, with richer terracotta and brick details, including a Lombard frieze, moulded cornice and semi-circular headed Romanesque-style windows with billet and roll mouldings and responds in terracotta. The east gable end has a moulded terracotta rose window and below this a horizontal band with seven blind quatrefoils above a blind arcade.

Inside, the nave walls are plastered and plainly painted, the flooring is carpeted and the bay divisions of the nave are marked by the concrete frame. The most prominent feature is a wide semi-circular arch with plastered solid spandrels marking the third bay division. Beyond this, to the south side a pair of arched openings lead to the confessionals. A semi-circular sanctuary arch frames the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary, all dating from 1915. The arch is flanked by matching niches containing statues of Our Lady and St Joseph, with a frieze and cornice to the wall. The sanctuary is raised by three steps and the tabernacle stand is up two further steps. The main feature of the east wall is the decorative rose window. The forward altar and pews are modern, of pine. The Stations of the Cross are in high relief. The font is placed centrally at the west end, behind which the large window has a cross and the dove of the Holy Spirit in a roundel over a fishy, watery scene.  

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