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Proud history THE HUDDERSFIELD Polish Church is greatly enhanced by the building of the icon of the BLACK Madonna of Czestochowa in the side altar.

The miraculous picture, according to strong evidence, dates to the apostles time and was brought to Europe in the first millennium, so the icon is very suitable for the historic church building, the former Unitarian Church which was built by FrederyK Schwann.

FrederyK was born in 1790 in Germany and came to Huddersfield in 1820. He became a well Known contributor to the town starting the Mechanics' Institution, and the first public library among other things.

His two sons under the adopted English name, Swan, were in Parliament and Government. His wife was the daughter of a Unitarian church minister from Birmingham. I am sure that the Unitarians members will be pleased to read this letter, as they were very much concerned that their church building remained a house of prayer when they sold it to us.

I met one of the five trustees during the veterans celebration in Batley, and he was really pleased to see how well the church building is preserved for the future and how lively the Polish parish is, yet it was created with the contribution of hard WORKING people without any commercial big contributor, in a difficult economical time of this country.

TONY SOSNA Huddersfield
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2013
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