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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Baptisms at St Mary’s Church, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, 1768-1812

Thornbury Registers: Baptisms (1768-1812), transcribed by Richard Byrd     Please Press this Link:   Thornbury Parish Register Baptisms 1768-1812     Notes about the Parish Register: Pages 1-7 are … Continue reading

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Family Portraits of the Blount Family of Mapledurham

Michael Blount I was born on 26th March 1693 at Mapledurham and married Mary Agnes Tichborne (1695-1777). He died on 2nd November 1739 at Winchester and was buried at Tichborne … Continue reading

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Building a Church for Bussage by Patricia Main

Building a Church for Bussage: The History of St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Bussage by Patricia Main   In the early 19th century Bussage and the whole of the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daylesford – The Grisewood Rector and his Convert Cousin

Daylesford – The Grisewood Rector and his Convert Cousin One dreary wet afternoon, a couple of years ago, I revisited Daylesford Church, one of Pearson’s early works, and was disappointed … Continue reading

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Thomas Meyrick and his Fonts

Thomas Meyrick M.A. With thanks to Julian Orbach for kindly supplying the photographs In 1860, William Henry Lowder was appointed as curate of Bisley. He had previously worked as an … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · 3 Comments

Convert Clergy associated with Clifton Diocese

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 … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Reverend James Russell Madan, M.A.

The Reverend James Russell Madan M.A. (1841-1905) by Joan C. Gorham Written in 1994 for Journal 24 of the Gloucestershire and North Avon Catholic History Society James Russell Madan, the … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Slimbridge Romance – The Love Letters of Percy and Florence Barton (1910-1913)

LETTERS FROM PERCY BARTON TO FLORENCE NOAD These letters form a fascinating ‘diary’ of everyday events in the Village of Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, during the years leading up to the First … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Middleton – Victorian Provincial Architect

ISBN 978-953-99762-5-3  (2008) Publisher: Accent d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia A few new copies of this book are still available at £15.00 each (plus postage and package). For more details please email … Continue reading

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘Convert, Scholar, Bishop’ by Giles Mercer

I can only commend this excellent and beautifully published biography of William Brownlow produced by Dr. Giles Mercer back in 2016. Before he was received into full communion with the … Continue reading

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