Category Archives: Conferences

The Canons Regular of the Lateran in Cornwall by Abbot Anthony Maggs CRL

The Canons Regular of the Lateran, based at their Abbey in Bodmin, played a key role in the revival of the Catholic faith in Cornwall in the 19th century. They arrived in England from France in 1881, as a result of … Continue reading

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The Molesworth Family of Cornwall by Mrs P J Shaw

Unlike the Arundells, the Molesworths were not an old Catholic family, but they played a very signficant role in the revival of Catholicism in Cornwall, after the conversion in the mid 19th century, of Paul Molesworth, a Church of England … Continue reading

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The Arundell Family of Cornwall by Mrs Janet de Gaynesford

This is the first of three talks on Catholicism in Cornwall.  The Arundells were a leading Cornish family, with branches at Wardour Castle in Somerset and lands at Chideock in Dorset.  The family came to England with William the Conqueror … Continue reading

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Recusancy in Monmouthshire in the 16th and 17th Centuries by Mrs Madge O’Keefe

Until the Civil War in the mid 17th century Wales was the most Catholic part of Britain. Mrs O’Keefe details the increasing severity of the laws against the practice of the Catholic religion in England and Wales from the time … Continue reading

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The Recusant History of Wells and Area by Mrs Gill Hogarth

A detailed chronological account of what we know of the families and priests who held to the Catholic faith, or converted to the Catholic faith, after the Reformation (c 1530) until after the end of penal times (mid 19th century) … Continue reading

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The Christian History of Wells by Dr Tim Hopkinson-Ball

The Christian origins of the town of Wells may go back to Roman times.  The excavation of an early mortuary indicates the presence of Christian worship dating from the early Saxon period.  Evidence of Christian burials date from the 8th … Continue reading

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The Stuart Papers and the Jacobite Circle in Rome by Dom Geoffrey Scott OSB

The 150,000 documents which comprise the Stuart Papers are housed in the Royal Archives at Windsor. They give a detailed overview of the exiled Jacobite world of the 18th century. Only a small proportion, the first few years, have been published. … Continue reading

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Dean John Incent or Innocent GPF by David Pearce

Dean John Incent or Innocent, 16th century lawyer and clergyman, and founder of Berkhamsted School.  He was lawyer to the Bishop of Winchester, Richard Foxe, and master of the hospital of St Cross and Domus Dei in Portsmouth.   After … Continue reading

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The Dissolution of the Monasteries by Professor George Bernard

Professor Bernard of Southampton University History Department gives a convincing revisionist account of the dissolution of the monasteries, arguing that far from being solely motivated by financial gain, the King and his Commissioners acted ideologically, beginning with a genuine desire … Continue reading

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The Gordon Riots in Bath by Dr Steve Poole

In 1780, as a protest against the First Catholic Relief Act of 1778, a petition was brought to Parliament in London which sparked the Gordon Riots.   Some days later a small crowd was seen near the Catholic mission in … Continue reading

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The Gordon Riots in London by Michael Winterbottom

The First Catholic Relief Act in 1778 led to the  Gordon Riots of 1780 which lasted for a week and were of great ferocity in London where many major public buildings including the Bank of England, the prisons of Newgate … Continue reading

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Catholic Emancipation in England by Fr Brian Doolan

Only accession to the throne remains as an impediment to full participation in public life for in England today Catholics today, whereas 400 years ago it was a treasonable offence to celebrate or attend Mass, punishable by the death penalty. … Continue reading

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The Vigil of Emancipation in English Catholicism by Dr Simon Johnson

Dr Johnson outlines the situation for English Catholics on the eve of emancipation experienced from the point of view of the clergy and seminarians in the exiled colleges in Europe, principally the Lisbon College. The mid 18th century was the … Continue reading

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William Brownlow: Convert, Scholar and Bishop by Dr Giles Mercer KSG

Bishop Brownlow  was born the son of an Anglican clergyman.  He was influenced by evangelical preaching and then was drawn towards Catholicism.  He corresponded with John Henry Newman, and wrote numerous books and pamphlets on the Catholic faith after his … Continue reading

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