A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

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Welcome to our site celebrating the life and work of Brian Torode, a man who was much loved, and is greatly missed, following his unexpected short illness and subsequent death in … Continue reading

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Let’s have your memories!

Brian’s former friends and colleagues are invited to leave comments about their memories of him. If you wish to, please also email any photographs or video that we can include on … Continue reading

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This is the text of the Eulogy given by Brian’s great friend, Richard Barton, at Brian’s funeral on Wednesday 19th March 2014 at St Stephen’s Church, Tivoli, Cheltenham  Banjour, (banzhoor) … Continue reading

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Blackfriars Junior School, Llanarth Court

Hugh Allen, author of ‘New Llanthony Abbey – Father Ignatius’s Abbey at Capel-y-ffin,’ has produced an article which tells the story of Blackfriars Junior School at Llanarth Court in Monmouthshire. … Continue reading

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John Ashton Beer – Ashton Beer Collection

Please press on the link below to read more about this fascinating collection of Cotswolds Arts and Crafts Furniture which is currently seeking a more permanent home:

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David Barton (1788-1864), Farmer of Churchstanton and Dunkeswell

To download this document about David and Ann Barton and their progeny please press: See also: If you have more information to share about this family please contact

October 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Exploring Woodchester Priory with Jane Bethell

Three fascinating stories from Woodchester Priory with thanks to the archivist, Jane Bethell:

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Cheltenham Catholic Apostolic Church

Background: The Catholic Apostolic Church  ‘This millennialist denomination, notable for its liturgy and aristocratic tone, derived from meetings held from 1826 at Albury Park, the Surrey home of the London … Continue reading

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The Berkeley Family and the Roman Catholic Church

To download this article by Richard Barton, entitled ‘The Berkeley Family and the Roman Catholic Church,’ please press the link below: See also ‘The Catholics of Overbury’ by Richard Barton:

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St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stonehouse – its prehistory

To download Richard Barton’s essay, ‘St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stonehouse – its prehistory,’ please press the link below:

August 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Reverend Jerome Mathew D.D.

To download Richard Barton’s essay entitled, ‘The Reverend Jerome Mathew D.D.  – His Background and his Roman Catholic Years,’ please press the link below:

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Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Prestbury

In August 1895 the house known as ‘Wayside’ in Mill Lane, Prestbury, was purchased with the object of establishing a Catholic mission in the village which would be served from … Continue reading

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A Lost Church by Scoles – Our Lady of Lourdes, Wroughton

To download this essay by Richard Barton entitled, ‘A Lost Church by Scoles – Our Lady of Lourdes, Wroughton,’ please press the link below:

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We have presented these articles, talks and research notes here to make Brian's interests available to others. If you have any concerns about copyright, please contact us and we will make all necessary changes.

Unless otherwise acknowledged, site copyright © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Articles & included photographs: R Barton. Supporting layout, text & graphics: K Brown.

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