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Brixton, Corpus Christi

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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
The mission was opened on Sunday, June 2, 1881. The chapel was in the presbytery — a fine roomy mansion in the main road near Halter Road. Brixton was the tenth new mission carved out of the old St. George's district. In July 1886 the first stone of the new church was laid by Bishop Butt, of Southwark.

The style of the church is of the Early Second Pointed period. The plan includes a nave, aisles, side chapels, baptistery, and sacristy, but only the sanctuary and transept are now (1904) complete. The stained-glass windows, put in by Fr. E. Van Doorne, are very rich. The present incumbent, Fr. W. Curran, is making great efforts to complete the building. The opening of a portion of the church took place in June 1887. The number of Catholics at Brixton amounted that year to 1,000. In 1880 it was only about 75.

There is no graveyard at Corpus Christi Church. We know of only three Roman Catholic cemeteries in the London area, St. Mary's in Kensal Green, St. Patrick's in Leytonstone, and St. Mary Magdalene in Mortlake.

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The Roman Catholic church of Corpus Christi is located in the Anglican ecclesiastical parishan ecclesiastical parish is an administrative area within the Church of England or Roman Catholic church. It is distinct from the civil parish, a local government unit in England of Brixton St. Matthew with St. Jude.

West Surrey Family History Society CD2 (Surrey Marriage Index to 1837) has marriage records for St. Matthew’s Church, Brixton from 1825 to 1837.

West Surry FHS CD29(A 2nd Collection of Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index) has burial records for St. Matthew’s Church, Brixton from 1825 to 1889.

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Brixton is in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.

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