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Redhill, St. Joseph

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The present Roman Catholic church of St. Joseph opened in the 1980s.

Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
St. Joseph's The first stone was laid in August 1897 by the Bishop of Southwark ; the Catholic population of Redhill was then reckoned at about 300. The style of the building, which was designed by A. E. Purdie, Esq., is Late Decorated Gothic. The plan comprises a nave, two aisles, chapels of Our Lady and St. Joseph, baptistery, sacristy, and organ chamber. During the rectorate of the late priest of the mission, Fr. T. Smith, a fine new presbytery, adjoining the church, has taken the place of the dilapidated old house that formerly served that purpose. The Catholicity of the place has also made great strides, owing in large measure to the zeal and energy of Fr. T. Smith, who was known as a strenuous defender of the Holy Faith against all adversaries. The [new]church of Redhill was opened and consecrated October 27, 1898. The cost of erection was about £6,400.

The mission of Redhill classed under the head of Reigate in the Catholic Directories of forty years ago dates from about 1851, when the Rev. Dr. (afterwards Cardinal) Manning first said Mass in the oratory of Prudell Court, the residence of his brother, Charles Manning, Esq. The old church, opened in October 1861, owes its origin to some extent to Lady Mostyn, who made a permanent mission in the town possible by opening a chapel in her grounds. In 1857 the Catholic population numbered about 150, mostly agricultural labourers.
The 1851 mission and the 1898 church were built on the same site adjacent to the railway branch line close to the junction of the High Street and Chapel Road. The old church was demolished sometime in the 1980s.

Redhill St. Joseph is part of the Roman Catholic 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 the Nativity of the Lord and 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 Redhill St. Matthew

The is no graveyard at St. Joseph's Church. Many local cemeteries may have Roman Catholic sections see

Redhill 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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