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Chertsey, St. Anne

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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
On the conversion of Lord and Lady Holland to the Catholic faith in 1850, a domestic chapel was opened at St. Anne’s Hill, Chertsey, the country seat of the Holland family.

For many years, Fr. Charles Comberbach was chaplain. This excellent priest was a convert to Catholicity, and for some years before going to St. Anne’s Hill was stationed at the Priory, Princethorpe. He died in 1890, aged ninety-two. Lady Holland died in 1889, when the estate passed to her kinsman, Lord llchester, a protestant, but the chapel was kept up till the death of Fr. Comberbach.

For some years subsequent to this, a small basilica-shaped chapel on the Woburn Park estate (St. George’s College) did duty as a place of worship for Chertsey Catholics, who were under the spiritual care of Fr. O. Turner, prefect of studies at the college. About 1893 the mission of Chertsey was served every Sunday from the diocesan seminary, Wonersh, by Fr. S. Banfi, D.D. Fr. Banfi was succeeded by the present Fr. Dominic Brownrigg, of the Salesian congregation.

The chapel is an iron building in the Eastwood Road, and adjoins the Convent of Our Lady Help of Christians. The congregation is about 100. The Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval, the distinguished historian and heraldist, is the most noted member of the congregation.

Around 1898 Eastworth House was bought by the Salesian Sisters as a residence and chapel. The present church on the corner of Eastworth Road and Highworth road was opened ca 1930.
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There is no graveyard at St. Anne's church. Earlier burials may have taken place at the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions church of Chertsey

Local cemeteries may also have Roman Catholic sections see

West Surrey Family History Society CD10 (The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for:
  • Chertsey St. Peter, from 1607 to 1888,
  • Chertsey Dissenters Chapel from 1841 to 1865, and,
  • Chertsey Presbyterian Chapel from 1783 to 1837
WSFHS CD 15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for:
  • Chertsey St. Peter from 1625 to 1800 and from 1853 to 1875,
  • Chertsey Congregational Chapel from 1838 to 1864, and,
  • Chertsey Methodist Chapel from 1846 to 1876
WSFHS CD 18 Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index (including some Rural Parishes) has burial records for Chertsey Dissenters from 1783 to 1865.

WSFHS CD 26 Parish Register Transcripts and Indexes in the Chertsey District - January 2012) has baptismal records for Chertsey St. Peter from 1620 to 1840, and burial records from 1607 to 1840.

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Chertsey is a town in the Surrey District of Runnymede

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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