North East Catholic History Society

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North East Catholic History Society Excursions


2012 Excursions

In May 2012 the first excursion was to Hulne Park on the outskirts of Alnwick for a fascinating tour of the 13th.century Carmelite Priory. We later travelled north to Ancroft, opposite to Holy Island, where we visited the11th.century church of St. Anne, founded by Benedictines from Holy Island. A major feature there was the grave of some refugee nuns, Poor Clares, from Rouen and the subject of a talk by Olive Trewick, a member who had researched the subject extensively.

In June the excursion was to Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. Here we had a most informative tour by members of staff of the college. We were shown how the building had developed from an Elizabethan mansion, owned by a recusant family, complete with priest's holes and secret tunnels, to the Jesuit boys' school, established from St. Omers in northern France.There was an interesting parallel with Ushaw and its move from Douai due to the persecution in France. One of the highlights of the visit was seeing some of the treasures in the small museum. There were wonderful Books of Hours, some relics of English Martyrs, a beautiful psalm book which bore the insignia of Queen Mary Tudor and had also been used by Mary Queen of Scots - and also a black felt hat belonging to St. Thomas More! There was so much see that it would really repay further visits.