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Father Briscoe of Bagborough: An English Catholic in Somerset
by Keith Penny

The Society’s latest book is not just a priest biography, Father Briscoe of Bagborough by one of our members, Keith Penny, carefully explores a form of Anglo-Catholicism in Somerset, doctrinally Western but in its practices rooted in The Book of Common Prayer. Its proponent wrote extensively on rural ministry, conducted many retreats, reformed offending clergy, spoke at local and national congresses, and latterly opposed changes in Anglican moral teaching. For over thirty years he maintained a correspondence with John Ninian Comper, whose beautiful work at St Pancras, Bagborough, is illustrated by some splendid colour photographs, specially taken.

First published 2022

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The Community of Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the Church of St Alphege, Southwark
by Michael Yelton

This book tells the story of the Community of Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, which was founded by the Revd A.B. Goulden in the 1870s to work in Southwark. Father Goulden himself was a man of many parts, who founded a number of other initiatives, and surprised his parishioners by marrying, when he was in his mid-40s, the 17 year old daughter of one of his devotees. He also founded the church of St Alphege, Lancaster Street, in one of the worst slums of London; it has long since been demolished.

The book tells the story of the Community’s rise in members till the end of the Second World War, and then its gradual and sad decline. The sisters had at various times houses in Ealing and in Woking, but returned to Southwark before being taken in at Clewer. The book also attempts to analyse the backgrounds of the various sisters who, in contrast to some other communities, were not aristocratic but generally came from middle-class or upper working-class families. The story is full of interest and adds to our knowledge of communities in the Church of England, of whom there were a large number at one time.

First published 2022

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An Anglo-Catholic Miscellany
edited by Michael Yelton & Stephen Savage

Following the great success last year of the Society’s publication of Twenty Priests for Twenty Years, designed as its name implies to mark the twentieth anniversary of the foundation of the Anglo-Catholic History Society, it appeared that there was an appetite among our members for a series of essays which in themselves were too short to be published on their own. An Anglo-Catholic Miscellany is not entirely biographical, and readers will no doubt find informative and amusing Peter Packer’s account of his years at Nashdom and the eccentrics who populated it in its later years. In addition, a number of figures—some such as William Bright and Bishop Arthur Chandler, once well-known but now neglected, and Charles Jenkinson, a radical priest in Leeds—needed chronicling. The odd life of Father William Wyber, on the edges of the Church of England, is also illuminating although relatively little is known of him and some others of his type.

First published 2021

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Twenty Priests for Twenty Years
edited by Michael Yelton

It was decided to mark the Society’s 20th anniversary by inviting members and supporters to write essays on Anglo-Catholic priests of their own choosing for publication by the Society. There was an enthusiastic response and Michael Yelton (Editor) was able to choose twenty of the most interesting submissions.

The book embraces priests, some of whom became bishops, of the Anglo-Catholic Movement in various parts of the world, not only in England but also figures in Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Guinea and the United States. Many relate to the under-researched twentieth century. Some of the subjects will be known to readers: others are not as well-known but are significant figures for various reasons. A variety of contributors was recruited, some of them distinguished, so the priests concerned are dealt with from different perspectives, but there is something in it of interest to everybody, and the Society confidently expects that the short print run may be quickly exhausted.

First published 2020

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The Rich Man in His Castle: The life, family and ministry of the Reverend Wentworth Watson 1848-1925
by John Morgan-Guy

Dr Morgan-Guy, formerly a lecturer at Lampeter University, has researched this fascinating story of an Anglo-Catholic aristocrat who unexpectedly inherited Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire.

First published 2018

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Anglo-Catholicism in Cardiff:
a tour led by Kenneth Powell

Kenneth Powell describes the churches visited on an ACHS tour to Cardiff in April 2018. Also included is much background and historical information.

First published 2018

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St Silas, Pentonville — The First 150 Years
by Michael Yelton

This joint venture between the ACHS and the parish marks its 150th anniversary in 2017. St Silas was an exemplar of Anglican Papalism in inner London.

First published 2017
£10 from ACHS

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Anglican Abbott: Dom Denys Prideaux
by Aidan Harker, sometime monk of Nashdom Abbey

Dom Denys Prideaux (1864-1934) was the first Abbot of Pershore, later Nashdom Abbey and was in effect the re-founder of the Benedictine Community on Caldey Island after the majority decided to leave the Church of England and be received into the Roman Catholic Church.

This book is the first detailed study of Dom Denys’ life and work and is based on his hitherto forgotten papers found by the author, sometime a monk of Nashdom, in the basement of the Abbey. These papers enabled the author to prepare an appreciation of Dom Denys’ work and influence based on original sources and is a significant contribution to twentieth-century Benedictine history.

Soft-bound, 197 pp, illustrated, first published 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9560565-8-0
£18 from ACHS

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The Evolution of Anglo-Catholic Ritual and Ceremonial 1833-1883
by Peter F. Anson

Peter Anson is a name which is familiar to many. The first Occasional Paper published by the ACHS was devoted to him, and his books have illuminated many aspects of the modern Anglo-Catholic Movement.

The Society was contacted by Alan Robinson with the welcome but unexpected news that he had an unpublished typescript given to him by Anson. It is clear that it is unfinished and that originally the author had intended to carry it through to cover the period after the Second World War. However, as with many of Anson’s works, he abandoned it part way through. It still seemed to be was worthwhile publishing.

It has been edited by Michael Yelton to update various temporal references and the like. The thanks of the Society are extended to Alan Robinson for his generosity in allowing this interesting piece to see the light of day.

Card-bound booklet, 55 pages, illustrated, £6 from ACHS

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None Will Remain: Five Lost Churches of Manchester
by Richard I. McEwan

The featured churches are: St John’s, Miles Platting; St Gabriel’s, Hulme; St Alban’s, Cheetwood; St Benedict’s, Ardwick; Our Lady of Mercy & St Thomas of Canterbury, Gorton

This is the latest publication of the ACHS. It is a study of the rise and fall of five significant Anglo-Catholic churches in inner-city Manchester. The author has based his study on primary sources and tells a compelling story of the origin, flourishing and decline of these churches. All were built in the late 19th century to serve the poor in Manchester and illustrate the fate of a now vanished ecclesiastical type ‘the Anglo-Catholic slum church’ in the inner city.

Out of print.

More Empty Tabernacles: Another Twelve Lost Churches of London
by Michael Yelton

In this well-illustrated book Michael Yelton paints pen pictures of another 12 churches in London which once taught Anglo-Catholicism but now, for various reasons, no longer do so, usually because they have ceased to function or been demolished. It is a sequel to his earlier book published by the Society, which rapidly sold out, so early purchase is recommended.

Churches featured are: St John the Divine, Balham; St Peter, Limehouse; St Jude, Gray’s Inn Road; St Saviour, Poplar; St Thomas, Acton Vale; St Columb, Notting Hill; St Clement, Barnsbury; St Thomas, Regent Street; All Hallows, Southwark; St Andrew, Battersea; St Hugh, West Bermondsey; Lady Margaret Church, Walworth.

The description of each church has the historical perspective expected of the writer and there is much information about the clergy who served the churches. Again, those selected were chosen to cover a wide geographical area and to include some which are well known former citadels of the Faith, such as St John the Divine, Balham, St Peter, Limehouse, and St Saviour, Poplar, and some which are more obscure, such as Lady Margaret Church, Walworth, St Jude, Grays Inn Road, and the fascinating St Columba, Notting Hill. Other churches featured are St Hugh, the Charterhouse Mission in Bermondsey, the wonderful and almost forgotten church of All Hallows, Southwark, St Clement, Barnsbury, St. Thomas, Regent Street, its namesake in Acton, and St Andrew, Battersea.

Softback book, 158 pages, colour plates, fully illustrated

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From Brooke Street to Brookwood
by Brian Parsons

Nineteenth Century Funeral Reform and St Alban the Martyr Holborn Burial Society

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Alfred Hope Patten: his life and times in pictures
by Michael Yelton

This pictorial biography of the founder of the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham was first published in 2007. A new impression reprinted in 2013 is now available from the Shrine Shop at Walsingham where orders may be placed. Please be aware that the Society can no longer supply copies.

Contact details: The Shrine Shop, Common Place, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EE
Tel: 01328 824201

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The Anglican Papalist: a personal portrait of Henry Joy Fynes-Clinton
by A. T. John Salter

Full length book published in November 2012. The subject of this memoir was a leader of the movement among High Church Anglicans in the 20th century who so desired reunion with the Holy See that they modelled their priesthood and church ceremonial on that of contemporary Roman Catholicism without giving up their Anglican living. They were generally known as Anglican Papalists and their church services so closely followed Roman Catholic practice of the times as to be indistinguishable.

Father Henry Fynes-Clinton (1876-1959), the leading Anglican Papalist of his generation, is still a well-known name, but there are relatively few people alive now who knew him. The author of this intriguing memoir, the Reverend John Salter, a retired former Anglican, now a Greek Melkite priest, did and has the advantage of personal insight into Fynes-Clinton’s long life and his beliefs as well as sharing his enthusiasms. For this book, the author has unearthed a great deal that has never been published before. There are fascinating images of his contacts in the East and of St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, the church on which Fynes-Clinton devoted so much care.

This is a substantial soft-back of some 200 pages and is illustrated in colour and black and white. ISBN: 978-0-9560565-2-8. (Out of print)

The Church of the Holy Spirit, Beeston Hill, Leeds November 11 1905—May 6 2012
by Stephen Savage

The most interesting churches, particularly those in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, having fascinating architecture, beautiful interiors and incredible stories, tend to be ‘hidden gems’, hardly known beyond their localities. This one is in inner-city South Leeds, hidden amongst the terraced housing, where no one would visit unless they had a particular reason.

The routine of parish life is much the same everywhere but the story of every parish is different. Although the development of the parish of The Holy Spirit, Beeston Hill, Leeds, might be replicated in large part in many another urban Anglo-Catholic parish in any large city, its story is unique. Social, theological, ecclesiological and liturgical developments taking place in similar parishes throughout the country find their expression here, but the specific local context is always different. Indeed, just as the local situation is inevitably affected by the national scene so might the two interact in quite unexpected ways.

At the time of the terrible London bombing of 2005 who would have thought that this small parish with its tiny congregation would appear in every newspaper and be on national news proclaiming to the world an entirely positive message? The closure of any church is very sad – and rarely a sign of failure. (Out of print)

A Complete Parish Priest: Peter Green (1871–1961)
by Frank P. Sargeant

This new book, written for the Anglo-Catholic History Society, by Bishop Frank Sargeant, former Bishop of Stockport, and Bishop at Lambeth is an investigation and commemoration of the life and writings of Canon Peter Green, once described as ‘the greatest parish priest of the twentieth century’, who died 50 years ago, on 17th November 1961.

Peter Green was a Prayer Book Catholic who ministered at Sacred Trinity and then for many years at St Philip, Salford, while serving for 50 years as a residentiary canon of Manchester Cathedral. He refused a number of appointments to bishoprics and spent his career ministering to his poor parishioners in Salford. The social conditions have changed considerably in those parishes in Trinity Ward where poverty, drinking and gambling were then rife. However, as Green asserted, the Christian Faith is a constant to be applied to everyday life. So the book endeavours to trace what Green said in his 38 books about Catholic doctrine, the devotional life, and Christian living, in the hope that readers will find a source to deepen their own spirituality.

Green’s integrated philosophy of faith and life extended to aesthetics and ethics and led to prophecies relevant today, especially the effects of secularisation of society. He challenged the Church to endorse evangelistic missions for conversions and to encourage confession for restitution.

The author draws on Green’s Artifex articles published in the Manchester Guardian for over 40 years and his deposited papers in Manchester Cathedral archives.

The book is now out of print as a hard copy but available as an eBook. Contact Amazon for a Kindle edition here.

Mission Accomplished: Five Lost Churches of Leeds
by Stephen Savage

Churches in Leeds were built by some excellent local architects and by the nationally known great names.

Anglo-Catholic priests have tended to work in the poorer areas of industrial cities and so the fine buildings there have been vulnerable to closure and possible demolition when redevelopment has occurred. Fortunately many wonderful church buildings remain throughout the city.

This book tells the story of five of the lost churches of Leeds: St James, St Barnabas, Christ Church, St Edward and St Margaret. There are some surprising items here – and some wider issues viewed from a local perspective.

It is intended as a companion volume to Michael Yelton’s Empty Tabernacles: Twelve Lost Churches of London - and “...perhaps others could be encouraged to write about such lost churches in other parts of the country before they are forgotten entirely”.

Illustrated softback, 146 pages, £12 from ACHS

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