A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

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

Reverend Peter Hartley – ‘A Martyr to Duty’ and ‘Victim of Charity’

Reverend Peter Hartley – ‘A Martyr to Duty’ and ‘Victim of Charity’ by Richard Barton (2020) Most of the information that we have about Peter Hartley comes from the writings … Continue reading

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gloucester’s saintly Abbe Josse

More pages from the historical writings of James Newton Langston (1884-1959) In February, 1828, another French émigré priest, the Abbe Augustine Louis Josse (1763-1841), took charge of the Gloucester mission. … Continue reading

July 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gloucestershire’s links with Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S LINKS WITH AMBROSE PHILLIPPS DE LISLE Largely extracted from the writings of James Newton Langston (1886-1959) In 1816 Abbe Bernard Giraud (or Girard), a priest of the diocese of … Continue reading

July 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge

HOLY CROSS, WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE by Richard Barton (2020) Five hundred years ago, my ancestor, Robert Seborne alias Plumer, of Wotton-under-Edge penned his last will and testament. In line with the piety … Continue reading

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

James Bernard Morewood O.P.

James Bernard Morewood O. P. by Richard Barton (2020) For many years I have been curious to learn more about the Dominican Priest, Bernard Morewood, who built the Church of … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

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 of Clifton. The members of the … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Yesteryear in Cheltenham – Photographs from the 1980’s and earlier…

Yesteryear in Cheltenham A set of slides from the 1980’s and earlier    

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Canning of Hartpury

Robert Canning (1773-1843)  lived at Hartpury, near Gloucester. He was the second son of an ancient family whose seat was at Foxcote, near to Ilmington, situated on the Gloucestershire and … Continue reading

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

W. E. Ellery Anderson and St Stephen’s Church, Cheltenham

William Elbert Ellery Anderson and the changes made to the Sanctuary of the Church of St Stephen, Tivoli, on the Eve of the Second World War On 8th October 1939 … Continue reading

April 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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