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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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

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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

The Berkeley Family and the Roman Catholic Church Richard Barton (1989) An extended version of an article published in Journal 9 of the Gloucestershire and North Avon Catholic History Society … Continue reading

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St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stonehouse – prehistory

Catholic strands anterior to the building of St Joseph’s Church, Stonehouse St Joseph’s Church in Stonehouse, a modern building constructed during the mid 1960s, represents the aspirations of a then … Continue reading

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The Reverend Jerome Mathew D.D.

The Reverend Jerome Mathew D.D.  – His Background and his Roman Catholic Years Arnold Harris Matthews went under various names and titles during his life time and I have chosen … Continue reading

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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

A LOST CHURCH BY SCOLES – OUR LADY OF LOURDES, WROUGHTON William Wyndham Codrington (1825-1905) married Cecilia Charlotte Webb at Whiteparish in Wiltshire on 21st June 1854. He was the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Canon A. J. C. Scoles – A Centenary Tribute

Celebrating Canon A. J. C. Scoles – A Centenary Tribute A collection of four biographical sketches of this Pastor and Ecclesiastical Architect Our Church Architect – Canon A. J. C. … 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 Father … Continue reading

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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.

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