Surrey Churches Index

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Nunhead, St. Thomas the Apostle

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image of the St. Thomas' church
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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:

The present church was opened for Mass, November 5, 1905. Fr. P. Ryan, D.D., rector. The sanctuary has recently been fully decorated, and altars of brass and bronze erected. During Passion Week 1906 the first mission was conducted by Fr. Athanasius Ryan, C.P., both morning and evening services being well attended.
The original church was built on Hollydale Road, it was damaged during World War 2. In 1974 a new extension was added and the original church became the sanctuary of the new church.

There is no graveyard at the St. Thomas' 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 St Thomas the Apostle 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 Peckham St.Mary Magdalene.

Nunhead 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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