Catholic History Walks in London



Wednesday 10 September 2014
Meet 6.30pm (after 5.30pm Mass) on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Walk to Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament.

Wednesday 1 October 2014
Meet 6.30pm (after 5.30pm Mass) on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Walk down to the river and the south bank.

Saturday 18th October 2014
The “Two Cathedrals” Procession of the Blessed Sacrament through London. Starts 1.00pm for 1.30pm departure from WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL, and finishes with Benediction at St Georges Cathedral, Southwark. COME AND WITNESS TO THE FAITH IN LONDON. The procession crosses the Thames at Lambeth Bridge, making a splendid sight with Parliament in the background – come and be part of it all!

Wednesday 22 October 2014
Meet 3.00pm by the door of St Georges Cathedral, Southwark. (Nearest tube: Lambeth North or Waterloo) for tour of Cathedral.

Wednesday 5 November 2014
Meet 5.30pm Precious Blood Church, O’Meara St: (Nearest tube: London Bridge) a walk to the Tower of London.

Saturday 22 November 2014
Westminster Cathedral Hall, all day from 10.00am TOWARDS ADVENT Festival, with stalls and displays from Catholic organisations from across Britain. Opening Ceremony 10.30am with Mgr Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham,. Admission FREE.

Thursday 27 November 2014
Meet 5.30pm at THE MONUMENT, London EC1 (Nearest tube: Monument) walk to Precious Blood Church, London Bridge for Evensong and Mass.

The Catholic History Walks will be led by Joanna Bogle. Wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothing – we’ll be walking whatever the weather.

These walks are sponsored by Continuity/Miles Jesu

Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe: Integration or Separation? – Call for Papers


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1-3 July 2015 Ushaw College, Durham

Speakers include:

  • Peter Marshall (Warwick)
  • Susannah Monta (Notre Dame)
  • Stefania Tutino (UCSB)

Call for Papers

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the degree to which Catholics in the British Isles were integrated with or separated from institutions, people and movements in Europe. We would also encourage proposals that address the relationships between Catholics in Europe and those in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Were Catholics in the British Isles unique and isolated in their archipelagic experiences? How much were they influenced by wider European religious and intellectual movements? To what extent were British and Irish Catholics part of wider continental phenomena?  Building on recent work on Catholic exiles, this conference will position Catholics from the British Isles within wider European movements, such as, for example, the Counter-Reformation, Gallicanism, Jansenism or the Enlightenment. The relationships and networks considered are to be explored in the widest possible framework. The timeframe is being understood in the broadest sense, from c.1530 to 1800.

Papers might explore:

  • Engagement with early modern intellectual, literary, artistic, cultural, political, theological and devotional trends.
  • Institutional relationships, for instance between local church figures or authorities.
  • The role of British and Irish Catholic exiles in the development of European Counter-Reformation culture, and their role in transporting it to their homelands.
  • The reaction of British and Irish Catholics to European Protestant developments.
  • European interactions with Catholics from or in the British Isles.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. The organziers plan to publish a volume of essays drawn from the conference papers.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to James Kelly ( by 16 January 2015 at the latest.

GENEVA – An online calendar of GENealogical EVents and Activities



This website gives details of genealogical events and activities that are taking place in the UK. It is a useful site as you can find out what is happening in the coming months – have a look, you may find a local event that interests you, or something that is worth travelling to.

Catholic National Library

The following sad news appears on their website:

The Trustees of the Catholic National Library announce that the Library will be closed until further notice from Friday 27th June 2014. From this date it will not be possible to reply to emails, postal enquiries or telephone calls. Books already on loan may be returned by post. As soon as a decision has been made about the future of the Library an announcement will be made and the Trustees will write to members.

Let’s hope that something can be done to retain this useful library and collection.

Chipping Recusants

Of interest to those with Catholic ancestors in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire the following book is available in the Internet Archive.

Smith, Thomas C of Longridge – History of the parish of Chipping, in the county of Lancaster, with some account of the forests of Bleasdale & Bowland (1894).

In chapter 1, General History, there is information about the recusants of the parish including lists starting from 1667 on page 29 to 1716 on page 32.

Thanks to Sylvia Dibbs for pointing this out to me.

CFHS North West Group – Summer Outing


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Saturday July 12th 2014

Guided tour of the Refurbished Manchester Central Library (opened March 2014)

11 am Meet in Foyer of the Manchester Central Library,
St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Tour of the Archives led by Bob Haynes ( Manchester
& Lancashire FHS) and a member of the Library staff.

12.30 pm Chat in the Library coffee lounge or have lunch in the
neighbourhoood (large choice of eating-places and

1.30 pm Reassemble in Library foyer
Guided Tour to places of Catholic interest in Central
Manchester led by Pauline Lloyd, Manchester Green Badge Guide.

Cost £5.00 p.p. (pay on the day)

Please book a place with either

Jean Smith jeansmith1934@talktalk.nnet 0161 4839 199 or
Maureen Fitzgibbon 0161 903 9567

Catholic Institutions For The Poor


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Here is a scan of an article first published in Catholic Ancestor Volume 4 way back in February 1993. It contains a list of the various types of institutions that were in place to provide support and refuge to poor Catholics. You can use this in your own private research but no republishing without permission please.

Catholic Institutions For The Poor Vol 04 No 4 – Feb 93

Children’s Homes Website



We often get asked about children’s homes and this new site by Peter Higginbotham is particularly useful.

The Children’s Homes website aims to provide information on all of the many and varied institutions that — for whatever reason — became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain. They include a wide variety of establishments ranging from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, and children with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels.

It has a small list of Roman Catholic homes, but there were many more than these. If the site gets updated regularly then it will become a very useful resource.


Sights and Sounds of Recusant England



Where and When: St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham – Friday 13 June 2014


Eamon Duffy ‘Recusants writing the Reformation';
Anne Dillon ‘Seeing is believing': Elizabethan Catholic images of martyrdom

Evening concert in the chapel by Cappella Fede directed by Peter Leech accompanied by a talk by Maurice Whitehead.

Further details about the programme, costs and booking from Mrs Maggie Wilson Tel.0121 321 5026; E mail


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