Library News

DOWNSIDE AND THE BOAT RACE

As it was the Boat Race last weekend, we thought we would re-share the story of Cyril Burnand, Downside OG who was the first professed Catholic to row in a Boat Race. In 1911 Downside alumni Cyril Burnand was selected for the Light Blue (Cambridge) Boat which took place over the current championship course which […]

FROM THE ARCHIVES: ADMIRAL SALMON

Much of the material in the archives here at Downside Abbey belonged to members of the monastic community and gives us an insight into the life of Catholic monks over the last two hundred years.  However, some collections contain items which belonged to relatives of the monks and are of a completely different nature and […]

DOWNSIDE IN HAMPSTEAD

Monsignor Phelim Rowland, parish priest at St Mary’s in Hampstead, kindly invited a choir from Downside Abbey to sing at his mass on St Patrick’s Day. Afterwards everyone repaired to nearby St Anthony’s Prep School, where we were all guests of Paul Keyte, the Head Master. Simon Johnson, Director of Heritage at Downside Abbey, gave […]

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BATH CHAPEL CONTRACT

The volunteer team within the Heritage Department here at Downside work tirelessly on the Abbey’s archive and library collections and one volunteer has recently come across an item of interest relating to Bath’s Catholic history.  In 1808, the Catholics of Bath worshipped at what is now the Mission Theatre on Corn Street in Bath. However, […]