Sunbury: Roman catholicism

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A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1962.

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In 1640 and 1706 there were no known or suspected papists in the parish. (fn. 1) A woman who died in 1726 was reputed to have been a papist. (fn. 2) It has been stated that from 1849 a priest from Weybridge held services in a cottage in the Staines Road, which was later demolished when the railway was built, that a cottage in Park Road was used later, and that in 1855 stables in Hanworth Road were used for a church and school. (fn. 3) By 1862 a chapel dedicated to St. Ignatius of Loyola was being served from North Hyde. (fn. 4) In the Ordnance Survey map of 1864-5, where it is called St. Leonard's, a Roman Catholic chapel is marked in the Hanworth Road. (fn. 5) This building is now (1957) used as a workshop. The present church of St. Ignatius in Green Street was opened in 1869. (fn. 6) It was designed by C. A. Buckler in the Early English style and consists of a nave, chancel, and one aisle, all built of rustic stone.

St. Teresa's Convent of the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul was established in 1926, with a school, in the house called Sunbury Manor. (fn. 7)


  • 1. Guildhall MS. 9800; B.M. Add. MS. 38856, f. 47.
  • 2. Par. Rec., Burial Reg.
  • 3. Sunbury and Shepperton Local Hist. Soc. Sketch of Sunbury's Hist. [1952].
  • 4. Cath. Dir. (1862-5).
  • 5. O.S. Map 6" Mdx. xxv (1st edn.).
  • 6. Kelly's Dir. Mdx. (1878, 1886); Cath. Dir. (1957).
  • 7. Cath. Dir. (1957); ex inf. school secretary. For the house, see p. 54.