A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Ancestors of Maria Barton, nee Ford, of Charleston, South Carolina

Ancestors of Maria Ford – sources collated by Richard Byrd Maria Ford, the eldest daughter of William and Sarah Ford of Tortworth, was baptised in the village church on 18th … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Saving St Saviour’s Church, Tetbury

Saving St Saviour’s Church, Tetbury Back in May 2016 local newspapers reported serious vandalism at the redundant Church of St Saviour in New Church Street, Tetbury – pages were torn … Continue reading

October 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Stroud Grammar School

Stroud Grammar School and Stroud Borough School (1871-1893c) As a pupil of Marling (1969-76), I became interested in in the school’s history when I was a teenager and I remember … Continue reading

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Remembering Brian – Twenty-five years ago since his priestly ordination

  Brian Torode was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 2nd October 1994 at Gloucester Cathedral     Brian celebrated his First Mass at St Stephen’s Church, Cheltenham that evening … Continue reading

October 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

St John’s Roman Catholic Church, Bath – A photographic miscellany

Roman Catholic Church of St John the Evangelist, Bath     St Alphege’s Church in Oldfield Park            

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Story of the Christ rescued from the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis in 1793

The Story of the Christ rescued from the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis in 1793  By Richard Barton (2019) The medieval Abbey Church of Saint-Denis, to the north of Paris, was … Continue reading

September 28, 2019 · 3 Comments

James Nobbs, a great Anabaptist

James Nobbs, Senior and Junior, and their ‘Anabaptist’ or Baptist Community at Horton, Gloucestershire The Baptist Church in Chipping Sodbury has a very long history and we know that it … Continue reading

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hibbs and Cox Families – My Quaker Ancestors

HIBBS AND COX FAMILIES – MY QUAKER ANCESTORS William Hibbs (-1686) and Joane of Aylburton, Lydney, Gloucestershire   |   Jonathan Hibbs (1657-1698), Clothier of Aylburton, and Margaret Cox (-1708), … Continue reading

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gilbert Blount trained with Salvin NOT Smirke

The architect, Gilbert Blount, actually trained with Salvin rather than Smirke … Many biographical dictionaries, including Wikipedia, state that Gilbert Blount trained in the office of Sidney Smirke. In fact, Blount … Continue reading

September 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Geary Family of Cuilleen, near Carna, County Galway

Geary Family of Cuilleen, near Carna, County Galway Researched by Richard Barton   Martin Geary, Farmer | Michael Geary (1867c-1927) of Cuilleen and Sarah Barrett (1874-1958) | Julia Geary (1912-1969) … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · Leave a comment