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Chilworth, The Holy Ghost

now St. Augustine's Abbey

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Although the church has long been known as "Chilworth Friars" or "Chilworth St. Augustine" the building is actually (just) in the (civil) parisha Civil Parish is the bottom most tier of local government in England Sometimes called Town Councils in urban areas

[NB Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different systems of local government]
of Wonersh in the Waverley DistrictA district council is a second tier local authority that provides services such as planning and building control, waste collection, environmental health and housing. Surrey County Council is a first tier local authority. Civil parish councils are the bottom tier of local government in England of Surrey
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Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:

The Franciscan priory and church, in the Gothic style, were opened on Thursday, June 31, 1892, by Bishop Patterson. The cost of erection (£7,000) was defrayed by Mgr. Wells, who further made a gift of £5,000 to the Fathers to free the church, etc., from debt.

The monastery serves as the noviciate for the English Franciscans. The Rev. Fr. Bede, the first guardian or superior of the place, did much to draw a congregation to the church, and would no doubt have formed the nucleus of a permanent one, when he was recalled to take up important mission work in the East End of London.

The architect of the friary was F. A. Walters, Esq., of Westminster. The interior of the church is very striking, the chief objects of interest being a handsome rood, carved oak choir stalls, and mortuary chapel adorned with a handsome triptych of the Flemish school.



In 1945 the Friars were asked to take pastoral care of the newly formed 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 The Holy Ghost. 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 - Our Lady of the Angels - was built in Gomshall ca. 1964.

In 2010 the Franciscan Order withdrew from the Friary and the parish of the Holy Ghost was dissolved. The Benedictine Order bought the building and it became St. Augustine's Abbey


The Abbey 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 Wonersh with Blackheath.

The only Roman Catholic graveyard we know of in the area is Sutton Place, St. Edward the Confessor in Woking.

Many local cemeteries may have Roman Catholic sections see https://www.waverley.gov.uk/Services/Parks-leisure-and-things-to-do/Parks-countryside-and-green-spaces/Cemeteries-and-churchyards

Wonersh and Blackheath cemetery is around one mile away.


Wonersh
West Surrey Family History Society CD10(Surrey Burial Index) has burial records for Wonersh St John the Baptist from 1539-1865;

WSFHS Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI - 2nd edition 2009: has baptismal records for Wonersh St John the Baptist from 1539-1802;

WSFHS CD33 (Ancient Parishes in the Hambledon district) has baptismal records for Wonersh St John the Baptist from 1539-1841; Marriages from 1539-1837; and Burials from 1539-1841 .

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Chilworth
West Surrey Family History Society CD10 (The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for Chilworth St. Martha from 1780-1900.

WSFHS CD15 (Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for Chilworth St. Martha from 1813-1890.

WSFHS CD33 (Ancient Parishes in the Hambledon district) has baptismal records for Chilworth St. Martha from 1779-1900; Marriages from 1794-1837; and Burials from 1780-1900.

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The church is in the Waverley DistrictA district council is a second tier local authority that provides services such as planning and building control, waste collection, environmental health and housing. Surrey County Council is a first tier local authority. Civil parish councils are the bottom tier of local government in England of Surrey

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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Links

Our History

Wikipedia (the Abbey)

Wikipedia (Chilworth)

Wikipedia (Wonersh)

British History on line

Surrey History centre notes on Roman Catholics in Surrey

Surrey History Centre notes on Roman Catholic Records

Catholic Heritage.net

Catholic Family History Society

Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

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