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Stately home now approved school

APETHORPE Hall, Northamp tonshire, one of England's great historic houses having associations with penal days, was blessed by Mgr. Parker, Bishop

of Northampton, last week three months after being opened as St. John's Catholic Approved School for boys between the ages of 13 and 15.

Mass is now being said at this house -where at least one priest was taken for ",interrogation "---for the The school, which is under the adm:nistration of a group of Catholic governors under the chairmanship of Mgr. Parker, at present houses 26 boys but has accommodation for 105.

Built over 400 years ago, Apethorpe Hall became the property of Sir William Mildmay. Queen Elizabeth's Chancellor in 1551. Since the beginning of the 17th century it has been the home of the Earls of Westmorland until being purchased in 1904 by Lord Brassey. who sold it to the Home Office after the late war.




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