The Jerningham family
were recusants from the 16th century (fn. 45) and in
the mid 18th century members of a family called
Lacy, who owned a house in Sheepscombe tithing
but probably lived elsewhere, were also recorded as
recusants. (fn. 46)
In 1856 a foundation stone was laid at Beeches
Green in Painswick parish for a church to serve the
Stroud district, where Catholicism was revived in the
mid 19th century by a female group of Third Order
Dominicans who were hearing mass in a house in
London Road, Stroud, from 1850. The church,
dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, was opened in 1857 and comprised nave and
north and south aisles built in the Decorated style to
designs by Charles Buckler of Oxford. The church
was never completed because school buildings were
erected on the chancel site but in 1882 the interior
was altered to accommodate a sanctuary. Dominican
priests served the parish until c. 1940 from which
time it has been served by secular clergy. (fn. 47) The
average congregation numbered 750 in 1972 when
the parish covered a wide area to the north and east
of Stroud and the clergy also served a chapel at
Stonehouse. (fn. 48) The Dominican nuns were organised
on a formal basis and purchased land for a convent
at Beeches Green in 1862 when building began to the
designs of Benjamin Bucknall. The buildings, in the
French chateau style, were extended in 1885, and in
1894 a convent chapel was built to replace the former
wooden chapel. The convent, dedicated to St. Rose
of Lima, performs educational and social work in the
Stroud area. (fn. 49)
In the early 1930s mass was said occasionally in a
cottage in Hale Lane, Painswick, which was served
by priests from Stroud. A former slaughter-house in
Friday Street was converted for use as a chapel in
1935 when mass was said regularly. The chapel,
dedicated to St. Theresa of Lisieux, suffered bomb
damage in 1941 but was rebuilt to the designs of
Peter Falconer and Partners and reopened in 1956. (fn. 50)
It was served by a priest from Stroud in 1972 when
the congregation numbered 50. (fn. 51)
Trans. B.G.A.S. lxxxiii. 104; Glos. R.O., Q/RNc 1/29-
||Glos. R.O., Q/RNc 2/14, 17.
||Langston, 'Cath. Missions', i, pp. 111-13.
||Ex inf. Revd. W. O'Callaghan, parish priest of Stroud.
||Langston, 'Cath. Missions', i, pp. 114, 118.
||Ibid. pp. 166-7.
||Ex inf. the parish priest of Stroud.