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Bermondsey, Most Holy Trinity

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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
This mission is famous as being one of the first to be started without the aid or patronage of any of the foreign ambassadors. In May 1773 Fr. Gerard Shaw gave Bishop Talbot, coadjutor of Bishop Challoner, £500—afterwards increased to £700—to found a mission at Bermondsey. He likewise presented a silver chalice for use in the chapel. In the Latin document concerning these bequests is a clause requiring one of the chaplains at Bermondsey to be able to speak both Irish and English.

The baptismal registers date from 1776, but no priest’s name appears in them at that time. A Miss Byrne also endowed the mission at the outset with the sum of £200. The first chapel, or, "Mass-house", was in East Lane. There is a tradition that during the Gordon riots in 1780 the "No Popery" mob came to Bermondsey to destroy the chapel, but were unable to find it. Bishop Challoner is said to have preached and confirmed here [...]

On Monday, August 3, 1834, the first stone of the new church was laid by Bishop Bramstone, V.A.L., assisted by Bishop Griffiths. ... The building was opened in June 1835. [...] The style of the building is perpendicular Gothic with galleries above the aisles — additions which gave great offence to the architect E. Welby Pugin. [...]

The church was destroyed by bombing in 1954 and rebuilt ca. 1958.

There is no graveyard at Most Holy Trinity 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.

Many local cemeteries may have Roman Catholic sections see

The Roman Catholic church of The Most Holy Trinity 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 Bermondsey St James with Christ Church and St. Crispin.

Bermondsey The Most Holy Trinity
WSFHS CD18 (Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index) has burial records for The Most Holy Trinity, Bermondsey from 1840 to 1854

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West Surrey Family History Society CD29(A 2nd Collection of Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index) has burial records for Bermondsey St. James from 1829 to 1854 and 1862 to 1879.

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Bermondsey is in the London Borough of Southwark.

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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