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Walworth, English Martyrs

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The Roman Catholic Church of the English Martyrs was originally opened as a Chapel of EaseA daughter church within an ecclesiastical Parish, or a chapel in an outlying area of the parish that is more convenient for parishioners to attend to Southwark St. George (now the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St. George). English Martyrs became a separate 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 ca. 1929.

Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
Like most other districts of South London, Walworth was a rural village a hundred years ago. By 1840, however, it was a thickly populated quarter of the Metropolis. Prior to the establishment of the present mission, the district was attended by clergy from St. George's, though as far back as 1843 or 1844 a demand for a chapel was made in the columns of the Catholic press.

In 1889 a census of Catholics in the district was carried out under the direction of Fr. Reeks, John Newton, Esq., of Old Kent Road, &c. Shortly after this, Bishop Butt took a house in Northampton Place, where religious instruction was given to children on Sunday afternoons. Then a room over a shop (29 North Street) was hired, and finally "two miserable dilapidated cottages" (Dean's Buildings). A boys' and girls' school, designed by Mr. Leonard Stokes, was opened March 10, 1890, and on the following Sunday Mass was said in one of the class-rooms of the building. This "school chapel" continued till the opening of the present fine church, early in 1903. The style is Early English from design by the late F. W. Tasker, Esq. The high altar is surmounted by a life size crucifix, and there is a large and handsomely built Lady Chapel. Cost of erection, about £5,500. A fine presbytery, in the Georgian style, adjoins the church. [...]

A Chapel of EaseA daughter church within an ecclesiastical Parish, or a chapel in an outlying area of the parish that is more convenient for parishioners to attend to English Martyrs Church - St. Alban's was built in 1904 and demolished ca. 1986.
There is no graveyard at English Martyrs 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 https://www.southwark.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriage-civil-partnership-and-citizenship/deaths-funerals-and-cremations/cemeteries


The Roman Catholic church of the English Martyrs 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 Walworth St. John.


Walworth 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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