A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

St Rose’s Convent, Stroud

Former Dominican Third Order Convent of St Rose of Lima, Beeches Green, Stroud

Buildings designed by Benjamin Bucknall of Woodchester Park Mansion fame and erected between 1862 and 1882. The chapel was also designed by Bucknall and added between 1888 and 1894. Described by Alan Brooks as built ‘in a vigorous Gothic style, slightly reminicent of William Burges. Rock-faced stone with freestone dressings, with precise crisp detail.

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Belgian Refugees

Adjoining Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Immacualte Conception, Stroud. Designed by Charles Alban Buckler and built between 1856-7. The Church was not completed and the interior arrangement was reversed.

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Church of the Immaculate Conception

2 comments on “St Rose’s Convent, Stroud

  1. Philip J Wells
    July 21, 2016

    A typed history of the Convent seen by Canon Hilary Davidson at some time records that the canopies for the stalls were fixed by Thomas Liddiatt of Leonard Stanley in 1907. He was a woodworker/ carver/ organ builder. He does not mention who made the stalls themselves but Liddiatt had made those for King’s Stanley Church (designed by the Rector the Revd John Gibson) as part of the 1876 restoration. He also noted that the Sisters claimed the design of the organ case was by Bucknall but this is total rubbish. It is a copy (1894) of the marvellous case designed by Gibson and made by Liddiatt in 1876 for King’s Stanley. Liddiatt must have re-used the earlier drawings but Bucknall, who had worked with Gibson in 1870 on the KS School, may have added some extra woodwork at the sides and lower front as the KS organ was in a chamber, not freestanding as here. Gibson died in 1892 in Hove so may not have given permission for his design to be re-used. Bucknall, judging from the sketch of an organ case for Woodchester Mansion, had not got much of a clue about 14 century organ cases. Gibson had studied organ cases over many years of travel on the continent particularly in Germany and Switzerland. The pipework of Liddiatt’s organ was radically reworked with much other secondhand stuff when the organ was transferred to the RC church next door in 1980.

    I note the Convent was recently advertised for auction.

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