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Wednesday 19th June 2019

‘A guided tour around St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church’

Meet at 7.00pm at Chapel Fold, off Private Road, Brindle. 

Guide Mick Gardner

St Joseph’s is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in England and although the present church was built in 1786, Benedictine monks have served local Catholics here from as early as 1677.  The tour will be informal, with the guide explaining things of historical interest as we walk around the grounds and inside the church.  Questions will be welcomed during the tour.

Amongst many items of interest is the upper section of an inlaid oak court cupboard dating from about 1580, which is thought to have been used as an altar by the Jesuit martyr, St Edmund Arrowsmith (1585 – 1628) who served the ‘Mass houses’ of this area in penal times.   This furniture is still in daily use as the present altar.

A tattered vestment, presumed to have belonged to St Edmund Arrowsmith, was found hidden in the walls of a cottage in Hill House Lane in 1774 and now hangs in the vestry along with sections of two altar stones discovered at the same time.

The burial ground dates from 1815 and the parish registers, almost the earliest Lancashire Catholic registers, date from 1722.


The tour is free to members, £3.00 to visitors who will be most welcome.

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Our summer outing this year will be held on Friday 12 July 2019 and will be a trip to Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green. This is the first time we have not held our trip on a Saturday and the reason for this is the availability of tours of the College. Stonyhurst has a long history and parts of the building as well as the antecedents of the present school date back hundreds of years. It is well known as one of the oldest and most highly respected Roman Catholic boarding schools in the country and was founded by the Jesuits. It is perhaps even more famous for its associations with Arthur Conan Doyle and JRR Tolkien and, for the people of Brindle, with Edmund Arrowsmith. We will have a private tour of the College ending up in the museum which has extensive collections of artefacts and books.

Our tour will take place at 11.00am and will end at around 12.30pm. Those who have booked refreshments in advance are invited to gather at 10.30am at the Visitor Centre for tea/coffee and biscuits. After the tour we plan to have lunch at the Shireburn Arms so that people can have time to chat. There is also a 5.5 mile walk called the Tolkien trail that starts from the hotel which is an additional option for those who wish to make a full day of it. As in previous years, people will need to use their own transport to get to Stonyhurst but we are asking anyone who can offer someone a lift or who would like a lift to let us know so that we can avoid anyone missing out. The price of the tour is £12.50 for adults and £11.00 for over 65s. Refreshments are priced at £2.34.

We hope that you will wish to join us on this trip. As always all are welcome to come along so please bring family and friends. Please reserve your place(s) using the booking form below as soon as possible so that we can be sure we have the minimum number required.

2019 Trip Booking Form

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