The history of St Peter’s parish goes back to 1875 when Fr Woods took on the task of opening a new mission or chapel of ease and school in the Mill Hill district of Blackburn. He opened the new building on Monday 21st February 1876 in Lansdowne Street in three converted cottages which he named Sacred Heart . On 18th June 1885, Fr Kirwan was appointed priest in charge. As the parish flourished plans were made for a new building and on 6th August 1887 the foundation stone for the new school and chapel of St Peter’s Mill Hill was laid. The opening ceremony took place on 25th July 1889. So this will be 130 years this year. The current church was opened on 24th June 1956. More details of the history up to 1986 are contained in the Centenary magazine published to mark 100 years of the parish.