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Mortlake St. Mary Magdalene

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There are almost 600 names for Mortlake St. Mary Magdalene in the Surrey Monumental Inscriptions Index.
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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
For some time prior to the erection of the present church, a disused hayloft at the residence of Lady Mostyn served as a chapel for Mass. About 1849, Fr. Robt. Hodgson, of Richmond, came to Mortlake, sought out numbers of lapsed Catholics, and opened a school, where he said Mass, preached, and heard confessions. He was nobly aided in his labours by Lady Mostyn, to whom is largely due the fine church of St. Mary Magdalen, opened May 12, 1852. The style is Decorated Gothic, from designs by Gilbert Blount, Esq.

The priest's residence was at first a mere cottage, but a good presbytery was built not long after the opening of the church. Adjoining the mission is a cemetery. A tablet on one of the walls of the nave records the reception into the Church of Lieut, Augustus H. Law, R.N., afterwards the well-known Jesuit missioner. The church was consecrated 1869.

St Mary Magdalene is located in the of Church of England 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 Mortlake St Mary the Virgin which is a few minutes walk away.

West Surrey Family History Society CD10(The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for Mortlake St Mary the Virgin from 1599 to 1865.

WSFHS CD15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for Mortlake St Mary the Virgin from 1677 to 1812 and 1845 to 1875.

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Mortlake is a district in the London Borough of Richmond.


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.




The Richmond Index will show you all the churches and cemeteries we know of in that part of the London Borough of Richmond which was in the Ancient County of Surreythe Ancient County means Surrey before the administrative counties were created in 1889.

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