Stoke Newington
Roman Catholicism


Victoria County History



T F T Baker, C R Elrington (Editors), A P Baggs, Diane K Bolton, Patricia E C Croot

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'Stoke Newington: Roman Catholicism', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 8: Islington and Stoke Newington parishes (1985), pp. 211. URL: Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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There were several Elizabethan recusants in Stoke Newington, including two gentlemen, Francis Bastard and Ferdinand Bawde, (fn. 42) and in 1626 Jesuits took a house there where women connected with the queen brought up children 'of good sort'. (fn. 43) There were said to be no papists in the parish in 1640 and 1706 (fn. 44) although in 1781-2 land at the southern end of High Street was called Papists land. (fn. 45)

Our Lady of Good Counsel originated in small iron church built in Bouverie Rd. 1888 and registered 1892. (fn. 46) Attendance 1903: 345 a.m.; 53 p.m. Roman Catholicism then said to have no influence in Stoke Newington. (fn. 47) Sanctuary, transepts, and chapels of new brick church by Thos. H. B. Scott built in Romanesque style next to iron church 1927. Completed 1936 with seating for 400. (fn. 48)

St. Thomas More's church registered at nos. 9-11 Henry Rd., Finsbury Park, Brownswood, 1975. (fn. 49)

Little Sisters of the Poor, previously in Queen's Road, Dalston, built St. Ann's House as convent and home for the aged at junction of Manor Rd. with Bouverie Rd. 1878. (fn. 50) Additions, including chapel, 1895 and new bldg. 1899. (fn. 51) By c. 1915 bldgs. covered extensive site. (fn. 52)

Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antide from Ealing and Liverpool opened Bethany at no. 53 Bethune Rd. 1978, a private ho. containing chapel and housing four or five sisters who serve the neighbourhood. (fn. 53)


42 Miscellanea (Cath. Rec. Soc. ii), 237; Cath. Rec. Soc. xviii. 148; Mdx. County Rec. i. 198.
43 Miscellanea, i (Cath. Rec. Soc. i), 96.
44 B.L. Add. MS. 38856, f. 32; Guildhall MS. 9800/2.
45 Guide for assessors of par. 1781-2.
46 G.L.R.O., MBW 1756/232, no. 24; G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 33555; inf. from the par. priest (1981).
47 Mudie-Smith, Rel. Life, 130, 162.
48 G.L.R.O., AR/BA 4/462, no. 34; G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 50949; Stoke Newington Recorder, 25 Feb. 1927; Hackney Gaz. 5 Oct. 1927 (S.N.L. cuttings 17, LC 1885); inf. from the par. priest (1981).
49 G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 74082.
50 G.L.R.O., MBW 1675/151, no. 23; Centenary booklet, 1876-1976; Cath. Dir. (1875-80).
51 G.L.R.O., AR/BA 4/30, no. 22; 60, no. 50; 97, no. 58; 124, no. 52.
52 O.S. Map 1/2,500, Lond XXI (1894-6 edn.); Lond. II. 11 (1915 edn.).
53 Inf. from Sister Letizia (1982).