This Roman Catholic Church was built ca. 1931 and replaced a "tin tabernacle" which had been used since ca. 1905.
Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
This mission was founded through the efforts of Fr. E. du Plerney, of Surbiton. A house bearing the somewhat appropriate name of ' Stonyhurst,' in the Vine Road, was acquired for the purpose of a mission centre, and Mass said here for the first time in September 1905. The chapel was at first served every Sunday from Surbiton. Catholics of the district are estimated at about 250. Rev. H. Willaert, rector Sept. 1906.
There is no graveyard at the church. The nearest cemetery is Molesey Cemetery. However pre 1861 burials may have taken place in the Anglican parish church -- St. Mary's
There are around 110 names for East Molesey in the Surrey Monumental Inscriptions Index. St Mary’s churchyard was closed to new burials by an Order made in 1861.
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West Surrey Family History Society CD10 (The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for East Molesey St. Mary the Virgin (formerly St. Lawrence) from 1681 to 1892
WSFHS CD 13(The Elmbridge Collection) has baptismal records for East Molesey St. Mary the Virgin (formerly St. Lawrence) from 1668 to 1840, Burials from 1668 to 1865 and Marriages from 1695 to 1837
WSFHS CD 15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for East Molesey St. Paul from 1856 to 1876
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WSFHS CD 24(A 2nd Collection of Surrey Baptisms not in The IGI) has baptismal records for East Molesey Methodist Church from 1861 to 1877
WSFHS CD 28 Ancient Parishes in the Kingston District) has baptismal records for East Molesey St. Mary the Virgin (formerly St. Lawrence) from 1668 to 1840; Marriages from 1695 to 1837 and Burials 1681 to 1861;
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East Molesey is in the Elmbridge District of Surrey
Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., jr.. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.
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