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 Saint Stephen’s Church, Cheltenham: Banjour, (banzhoor) (Good Day) … Continue reading

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Dom Edmund Ceolfrid Trehearne O.S.B. – ‘Martyr of Charity’

Dom Edmund Ceolfrid Trehearne O. S. B. – ‘Martyr of Charity’   Some years ago a member of the old Cheltenham Catholic Family of Rotundo gave me a photograph of … Continue reading

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Ursulines in Cheltenham – in postcards

During the year 1907 a community of Ursuline Sisters from Angers was driven out of France as a result of the anti-clerical legislation which had closed many Catholic schools run … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

Reverend Peter Hartley – ‘A Martyr to Duty’ and ‘Victim of Charity’

Reverend Peter Hartley – ‘A Martyr to Duty’ and ‘Victim of Charity’ by Richard Barton (2020) Most of the information that we have about Peter Hartley comes from the writings … Continue reading

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gloucester’s saintly Abbe Josse

More pages from the historical writings of James Newton Langston (1884-1959) In February, 1828, another French émigré priest, the Abbe Augustine Louis Josse (1763-1841), took charge of the Gloucester mission. … Continue reading

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Gloucestershire’s links with Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S LINKS WITH AMBROSE PHILLIPPS DE LISLE Largely extracted from the writings of James Newton Langston (1886-1959) In 1816 Abbe Bernard Giraud (or Girard), a priest of the diocese of … Continue reading

July 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge

HOLY CROSS, WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE by Richard Barton (2020) Five hundred years ago, my ancestor, Robert Seborne alias Plumer, of Wotton-under-Edge penned his last will and testament. In line with the piety … Continue reading

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James Bernard Morewood O.P.

James Bernard Morewood O. P. by Richard Barton (2020) For many years I have been curious to learn more about the Dominican Priest, Bernard Morewood, who built the Church of … Continue reading

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Convert Clergy associated with Clifton Diocese

This working list considers some of the convert clergy from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who had links with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton. The members of the … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Yesteryear in Cheltenham – Photographs from the 1980’s and earlier…

Yesteryear in Cheltenham A set of slides from the 1980’s and earlier    

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Robert Canning of Hartpury

Robert Canning (1773-1843)  lived at Hartpury, near Gloucester. He was the second son of an ancient family whose seat was at Foxcote, near to Ilmington, situated on the Gloucestershire and … Continue reading

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