Manchester Working Mens Church, Manchester, UK

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Photograph Taken On Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Working Mens Church, 26 Wood Street, Manchester, England. Today known as the Wood Street Mission, the Manchester and Salford Street Children's Mission and Working Mens Church was founded in 1869 by Alfred Alsop, with the support of a few friends. These pioneers began to hold Gospel services and Sunday schools in a rented cottage on Lombard Street. Alfred Alsop's aim was to preach the Gospel in the slum areas of Deansgate, Salford and Hulme, once described as the "the worst haunts of vice'. As a social worker, Alsop realized that his evangelical zeal could not wholly compete with the afflictions of hunger, poverty and destitution which many of the local denizens endured. Hence, along with a number of colleagues, he initiated a charitable movement that resolved to provide the basic necessities of life: food, shelter and clothing to the less fortunate. In short, the Mission strove to ameliorate the miserable living conditions of the poor. This site was acquired on Wood Street, off Deansgate, and the new building, constructed at a cost of £3,300, was opened in December 1873. It was enlarged in 1896 and again in 1905. The Wood Street Mission continues to provide services to the community to this day, with particular emphasis on mitigating the effects of poverty and deprivation on children, young people, and their families in the Manchester and Salford areas.View image on Flickr

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