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From: "Sue Beardsley" <>
Subject: Re: [Harrogate] BISHOP THORNTON
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 22:33:56 +0100
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Hello Patricia.
Do you have any information about how to buy 'A Constant People'? I live in
Nottingham and would be very interested in obtaining a copy of it, but would
not be able to travel up to Bishop Thornton.
My gg grand-father, John Chapman was born in Bishop Thornton in 1803/4. His
birth year has been obtained from census information as the IGI information
only starts in 1806. I assume that he was the child of John and Mary Chapman
who had six further children baptised at St Joseph's. I know from his
marriage certificate that his father's name was John and I know from his
subsequent history that he was a Roman Catholic. (He married at the Catholic
Chapel in Hull and worked as a butler for a number of Catholic families in
Any advice you could give about buying the book would be gratefully
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From: "Patricia Tharp" <>
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Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 10:19 AM
Subject: [Harrogate] BISHOP THORNTON

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Bishop Thornton (near Ripon) will be
celebrating its 200th Anniversary at a Vigil Mass on Saturday, June 13th at
6 p.m. and again during the regular Sunday Mass, June 14th at 10 a.m.

Monsignor John Dunne, former parish priest of St. Joseph’s, will be on hand
to launch his book, A CONSTANT PEOPLE, which is the history of Catholicism
in the area from medieval times to the present day. The book launch begins
nine days of celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the opening of the
present chapel, which was built in 1809. Mgr. Dunne will preach at both
services and tea and biscuits will be served afterwards in the school room
on both occasions and all are warmly welcome. Mgr. Dunne will be happy to
answer questions about the discoveries he made during many hours of
researching the fascinating and extremely rare story of a parish which kept
the Catholic faith for more than five and a half centuries through long
years of persecution and discrimination. The 36-page, full-colour booklet,
goes on sale for the first time after the Vigil Mass of June 13th. Copies
cost 6 pounds.

An exhibition of documents and artifacts connected with the parish will also
be on display, but only during limited hours during the nine-day
celebration. Do phone ahead for times, if you are unable to attend the
celebratory masses.

Enquiries can be made to Father Waldron on 01423 770036 or by writing to him
at St. Joseph’s Presbytery, Colber Lane, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, HG3
3JR, North Yorkshire.

I purchased from the PRO many years ago two copies of the first baptismal
register of St. Joseph’s, 1809-1840. I presented one to the Ripon Family
History Society in Ripon where it was indexed by Mr. John Hebden.

If any one has any old photographs or postcards of the church, both inside
and outside, I would dearly love to obtain copies.

Thank you. Patricia Boddy Tharp (Email NOTE: there is
an underscore between p_tharp).
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