It was all countryside, meadows and lush fields…

Posted November 21, 2017 9:33 pm by Joanna Bogle

It was all countryside, meadows and lush fields…

…between Old Oscott and Birmingham when Newman first came to Old Oscott House in the 1840s. The house had been a Catholic family home for centuries, and had been a Mass centre in recusant times. Following the various Catholic Relief Acts and then Catholic Emancipation in 1829, its chapel had become more or less known.  John Henry Newman and his colleagues, newly received into full communion with the Catholic church, and needing somewhere to stay while they made plans for their future lives,  were made welcome in this old house….they formed a community and Newman named the house Maryvale.Over a

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