A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Category Archives: Cheltenham Catholicism

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

August 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ursulines in Cheltenham – some postcards

During the year 1907 a community of Ursuline Sisters from Angers was driven out of France as a result of the anti-clerical legislation which had closed many Catholic schools run … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

St Gregory’s Cheltenham – David Burke remembers…

David Burke has kindly allowed me to reproduce these fascinating articles: From ‘Days gone by in Cheltenham’ – Memories of David Burke I. Christmas 1945 During the war there was … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daughters of the Cross in Cheltenham

Daughters of the Cross in Cheltenham 1863-1873   by Richard Barton (1987)   During the 1850’s education for wealthy middle class girls experienced a revolution in Cheltenham as a result … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

St Gregory’s Cheltenham – Photographs

St Gregory’s Cheltenham in Photographs More photographs from the collection of Richard Barton and the Late Brian Torode may be added in due course… 1908       Dom Robert … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dean Close’s fight against ‘Romanism’

Brian Torode –  Lecture Notes for his illustrated talk on Dean Close and the Roman Catholics of Cheltenham Cheltenham had had a Roman Catholic presence certainly since the end of … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pio Cianchettini

PIO LEWIS FREDERICK CIANCHETTINI  (1799-1851) OF CHELTENHAM by Richard Barton (1993) Glancing through copies of “The Cheltenham Looker-On” in the Cheltenham Public Library recently, I came upon a sad little … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Caffieri Family

The Caffieri Family of Cheltenham by Richard Barton (1993)  St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham, contains a fine series of nineteenth century stained glass windows inserted by John Hardman of Birmingham between … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

William Welstead

  WILLIAM WELSTEAD K. S. G. (1847-1929) OF CHELTENHAM by Richard Barton (1992) When I first became interested in the history of Saint Gregory’s Parish, Cheltenham, various older parishioners were … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 1 Comment