A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Franciscan Convents at Taunton and Woodchester

To download this album of photographs and postcards of the Franciscan Convents at Taunton and Woodchester please press the link below:

Two of these photographs show the orphanage at Woodchester in about 1865, pre-dating the erection of the Chapel Wing which was completed in 1869. Other photographs would appear to be from the 1870s and a few are from the twentieth century. The Franciscan Convent at Woodchester was a daughter house of Taunton and was established in 1860. The nuns became Poor Clares in 1973 and finally left in 2011.

To download a list of Abbesses and one of the members of the Community please press the link below:

To download an article about statues of Our Lady from the Franciscan Convent, Taunton, please press the link below:

4 comments on “Franciscan Convents at Taunton and Woodchester

  1. Roger Turner
    August 3, 2016

    How much of this is left, please

    • Richard Barton
      August 3, 2016

      All of the Convent is left except for the Orphanage Wing which was demolished during, I think, the late 1970s. That is the part with the hipped roof which is shown on the two early photos.

      • Roger Turner
        August 3, 2016

        Thanks. I’ve just looked on Google earth which seems to confirm what you say. Is it ever possible to see inside the chapel, do you know?

      • Richard Barton
        August 3, 2016

        Hello Roger. It is very accessible as the Convent is now a hotel, club and venue for live music (four nights a week). I was at a gig there only last Friday. The former workroom is the main gathering area where excellent food is served. The old library is the public bar and the former refectory is now a private members’ bar. It is one of my favourite places although it did seem rather odd welcoming in the New Year with Seth Lakeman in the former chapel where I celebrated my first Mass in 1995. Go and take a look! The Convent has a good website.

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