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Southwark, Church of the Most Precious Blood

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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
Though the mission is of recent foundation, the neighbourhood abounds in some interesting Catholic memories of post-Reformation times. In Kent Street (now Tabard Street) stood in 1767 'a popish Mass-house' where, on February 17 of the same year, the Rev. John Baptist Moloney was arrested for exercising his ecclesiastical functions. [...]

In the early part of the last century, schools for boys and girls were opened in Glasshouse Yard, Gravel Lane, and Price's Street, Southwark Street. These schools were afterwards removed to Great Guildford Street, and finally to Brent's Court, off the Borough(1872). The foundation-stone of the Church was laid by Bishop Butt of Southwark, Saturday, September 27, 1891, and the building was opened in 1892. The style is Early Italian, both the interior and exterior being very plain. The side buttresses are pierced to admit of a passage way round the church.

Dimensions, 130 ft. by 42 ft. ; accommodation for about 700 ; cost of church, site, and presbytery, £11,000 ; architect, F. A. Walters, Esq. The congregation is estimated at about 3,000. [...]

There is no graveyard at Church of the Most Precious Blood. 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 Precious Blood 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 Southwark St. Saviour with All Hallows.

The Church of the Most Precious Blood 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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