Catholic mass, pitsford hall, northamptonshire, england | 1977. .
documentary photographer czesław siegieda recorded life in a polish community in england from 1970 to the 1980s. .
the annual gatherings at pitsford hall drew hundreds of people from all over england. the event would start with a mass, followed by concerts and national dance displays. after that, everyone had a general picnic and just mingled amongst old acquaintances. the atmosphere was highly nationalistic and everyone became very melancholy. .
pitsford hall was a private residence and estate until it was sold to the polish order of the holy family of nazareth, which set up the holy family of nazareth convent school in 1947, run by the sisters of the holy family of nazareth as a polish school for emigrant children. .
the school closed in 1984, and the estate was subsequently sold to the northamptonshire independent grammar school charity trust ltd, which opened a new school in september 1989, the northamptonshire grammar school (now pitsford school). .