A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

St Mary of the Angels, Brownshill also known as ‘Templewood Chapel’

To download John Fendley’s article entitled ‘The Little Company of Hope and the tradition of spiritual healing at Brownshill’, first published in Journal 41 of the Gloucestershire Catholic History Society (Summer 2002), please press the link below:

7 comments on “St Mary of the Angels, Brownshill also known as ‘Templewood Chapel’

  1. Kitty
    November 5, 2017

    Richard, thankyou for such a valuable resource. I am writing from Perth, Western Australia, where I now live, but I used to spend much time near Stroud and had always wanted to know more about St Mary of the Angels and, in paritcular, the two remarkable women behind it and the community it serviced. Thankyou once again. Regards, Tony Ingram

    • Richard Barton
      November 5, 2017

      I am so pleased it has been of use. I was involved a little with it being vested in the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. It was nearly turned into a house. Thank you so much for commenting I really appreciate it. Kind regards Richard

  2. .Mrs Margaret Ormonde
    August 20, 2019

    Fond memories being employed by the woman who took over when Hudson and Kessler died suddenly close together. Mother Philomena Murray took charge after teaching Australia for some years. She was only supposed to visit but remained there until she died . My husband Tom Ormonde tended their farm for over 30years.

    • Richard Barton
      August 20, 2019

      Thank you so much for leaving this comment. I seem to recall that my father, Jack Barton, a sales rep for West Midland Farmers, used to visit the farm in the 1970s. With kindest regards Richard

      • Richard Barton
        August 20, 2019

        I think that it was Skaiteshill Farm that he visited.

    • Rachel Joyce
      April 5, 2020

      We now live at Vine Farm House. Would love to know more about it, if you have time. The other day I met a nurse who remembered playing in the orchard as a girl.

      • Richard Barton
        April 5, 2020

        Hi Rachel, if you drop me an email to I will forward it to a friend, Jenny, who may be able to help you. With kindest regards Richard

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