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Horley, English Martyrs

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The Roman Catholic church of the English Martyrs opened in September 1962 and is located in the (Anglican) Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Horley

From around 1922 a travelling Mission served Roman Catholics in the Horley area. In 1929 a chapel was opened in the converted stable of a house of a parishioners. The chapel, dedicated to The English Martyrs, became a Chapel of EaseA daughter church within an ecclesiastical Parish, or a chapel in an outlying area of the parish that is more convenient for parishioners to attend to Redhill St Joseph and remained so until 1941.

Around 1935 a new, bigger, church was built on the site of the original chapel and Horley acquired its first resident priest in 1940. Although ca 1952 the site for the new church was acquired, building work did not begin until the early 1960s.

The is no graveyard at English Martys Church. Many local cemeteries may have Roman Catholic sections see

Historical information derived from: A history of the Church of the English Martyrs, Horley, Nora McCarthy and others, 2012
Horley is a town in the Reigate and Banstead DistrictA district council is a second tier local authority that provides services such as planning and building control, waste collection, environmental health and housing. Surrey County Council is a first tier local authority. Civil parish councils are the bottom tier of local government in England of Surrey

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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