CARDINAL NEWMAN'S greatgreat-gand nephew paid a visit to his ancestor's shrine at the Birmingham Oratory on July 28, writes Peter Jennings.
Professor John Langford, a professor of water studies at the University of Melbourne in Australia, is a descendant of Grace Langford, She was Cardinal Newman's niece and one of the last people to visit the venerable cardinal before his death. The daughter of his estranged sister Harriett was born in November 1839 and visited her 89-year-old uncle in Edgbaston on August 9 1890. Newman, who had not seen Grace since 1843, came downstairs and spent some time talking to her.
The room was cold, and the cardinal caught a chill that quickly turned to pneumonia. He died two days later on August 11 1890.
Professor John Langford was shown round Cardinal Newman's room, chapel and library. by Fr Paul Chavasse the provost of the Birmingham Oratory and Fr Gregory Winterton, vicechaimian of the Friends of Cardinal Newman, and Brother Frank McGrath who edited Newman's letters and diaries which were published by OUR Professor Langford was on a short visit to the University of Birmingham. He explained that his grandfather William Langford, born in 1865, was the son of Grace Langford.
His father, William Mozley Langford, was born in Australia in 1901.