Abbey News

REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

To mark Remembrance Day this year, Downside is planning a week long series of events which will explore the impact of the 20th century’s conflicts on the site from the 10th to the 19th of November.  Downside, like all areas of the country, was deeply affected by both the world wars with hundreds of Old […]

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS SUCCESS

We had two fantastic Heritage Open Days here this week at Downside as part of the nationwide event, and it was a huge success!  With just under 200 people visiting the site over two days we are overjoyed that so many people took the time to visit their local heritage and find out more about […]

DISCOVERY LAUNCH

The heritage team is excited to announce that we have started work on the listing of our archive collections on the National Archives Discovery site.  This important website lets anyone searching the National Archives for collections or items know where those things are and how to get in touch with that repository for access. This […]

A NEW DEACON FOR DOWNSIDE

Today we were delighted to welcome Bishop Declan to Downside Abbey for the Ordination of Dom John to the Diaconate. The Diaconate is the final stage before ordination to the priesthood. This means that Dom John will proclaim the Gospel at Mass, distribute Holy Communion and purify the chalices and paten after Mass. He is […]