By F. C. PRICE STONOR PARK, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the home of the Stonor family since at least the twelfth century, is one of several buildings of Catholic interest to receive a grant from the Minister of Public Buildings and Works on the recommendation of the Historic Building Council for England and Wales under the provisions of the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act of 1953.
This is the first grant received y Stonor Park and is towards -reefing the cost of repairs. One f the conditions attaching to very grant is that the public hall be given access to visit the roperties. Stonor Park will he pen one day a week from May ) September when repairs are omplete.
Although it contains architecire from every period it is the -repel which is of outstanding iterest. Attached to the cast wing f the house it is basically a four!enth century structure and one
the very few Catholic chapels hich have been in continuous use nee before the Reformation.
During penal times it housed a !era printing press from which amphlete attacking the teaching f the Anglican Church were sued. It was also used as a iding place for priests including lessed Edmund Campion.
Another grant for repairs goes
Church House, Evesham, Woristershire. Built at the end of the fteenth century it stands next to to gateway to Evesham Abbey hich has a history dating back to )9, when its first charter was -anted. At the time of the Disilulion it was one of the most Durishing monasteries with no :wer than 89 monks. But this did at prevent it being laid in ruins s Thomas Cromwell.
Church House, however, still tains a well-preserved facade and 1 its original timber framing is tact. Inside it has a late fifteenth :ntury fireplace and the fragment a medieval painting discovered tring an earlier restoration and )vi preserved behind glass.
St. Donat's Castle, Llantwit 'ajar, Glamorgan, has been in the :ws recently because it has just sened it< doors as the Atlantic illege. Although it stilt retains me of the original medieval iilding it has been restored from ne to time.
One of its main features is the
Bradenstoke Hall, noted for its fine roof of seven bays, said to have come from the Infirmary of Bradenstoke Priory in Wiltshire and one of the best remaining examples in this country of a medieval roof.
The Banqueting Hall has a late medieval flat vaulted painted timber ceiling said to have been brought from the medieval parish church in Boston, Lincolnshire.
St. Donat's has been given a grant towards the cost of repairs and is open to the public on certain days during the summer holidays.
In the Middle Ages Cothelstone Manor, near Taunton, was noted locally for the Holy Well which stands nearby. The present Manor dates from the sixteenth century but behind the house is a medieval building converted into cottages. As in the case of the other properties the grant is towards repairs.
Vigil in Garden
FIFTY-FIVE pilgrims returned to England this week from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land during which they became the first such group to make an All Night Vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The pilgrims, members of the All Night Vigil Group. were told by the Franciscan custodian of the Garden that they were the first known group to make application for such a privilege. The group was led by Biblical scholar Fr. Reginald Fuller, of the Church of the Assumption. Warwick Street, in London's West End.