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Balham, Holy Ghost

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The Roman Catholic Mission in Balham began ca. 1887. using the chapel of the convent. The present church was built ca. 1897

Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
The mission was started in 1887, when Mass was said at 25 Ravenswood Road, by Fr. J. Simon. The present church opened April 17, 1897. It is a plain Gothic building, and is still unfinished. The Convent of the Adoration Nuns adjoins the church. Fr. J. V. Warwick, B.D., some time professor at Lisbon, has been rector since 1896. The Catholic population of the district is estimated at about 2,500.

The church of the Holy Ghost 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 Balham Hill, the Ascension.

There is no graveyard at the Holy Ghost church. However earlier burials may have taken place at the former Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions churches which covered the area -- Clapham or Streatham.

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Balham Holy Ghost church is in the London Borough of Wandsworth

Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., jr.. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.

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