Archive for the tag 'Harvington Hall'

Saint John Wall, O.F.M., (1620 – 22 August 1679) was an English Catholic Franciscan friar, who is honored as a martyr.

He was born in Preston, Lancashire. When of age, he entered the English College, Douai (in modern-day northern France) in 1641, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1645. He returned to his homeland for several years, saying Mass for the Catholics who stayed [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Sep 15th 2017

This chapel was used from about 1590 until the opening of the Georgian Chapel in 1743. It contains three features, from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, which illustrate the gradual easing of persecution over the century and a half. At first all ‘Massing Stuff’ had to be concealed when not in use, and so, [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Sep 14th 2017

The upper floor of a brick building in the grounds of Harvington was converted into a chapel in 1743. The chapel is accessed by an external staircase.

In 1823 this was badly damaged by fire and the original altar of oak was destroyed, together with some chalices and other relics which had been found inside it [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Sep 13th 2017

8 Comments CherryPie on Sep 12th 2017

The malt house was originally an Elizabethan building of two builds, which during the 18th century was converted for malting. In 2008-9 is was restored as a visitor centre.

On the ground floor are the malting-kiln, an audio-visual programme on the Hall, an explanation of the processes of malting and brewing, and an exhibition of life [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Sep 11th 2017

Harvington Hall, a medieval and Elizabethan manor house situated on an island surrounded by a moat is in the ownership of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.

A house full of secrets, Harvington Hall was built in the 1580s by Humphrey Pakington, who was a recusant Catholic under the Protestant rule of Elizabeth I. The hall [...]

17 Comments CherryPie on Sep 6th 2017

On Sunday, it was Father’s day so we took my Father-in-Law to Harvington Hall, a moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest holes in the country. The weather was kind to us, the day was gloriously hot and sunny and a good time was had by all. When we arrived we had [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Jun 22nd 2017