The Monastery of St Francis in Gorton is one of the most beautiful buildings in one of the poorest areas of Manchester.The red brick Franciscan church – recognised as one of the city's finest examples of High Victorian Gothic Architecture – was designed by Edward Pugin (whose father designed the facade of the Houses of Parliament) and built between 1863 and 1867. It and the adjoining monastery were active for more than a century. In the 1970s the surrounding terraced housing was demolished and the community re-housed in neighbouring areas. The move displaced generations of people with links to the Monastery and without its congregation the monastery soon faded. The last mass was said in 1989.