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Visit to Blessed John Henry Newman's house
Saturday 12th July 2014

A group of Ordinariate members who meet regularly with Diocesan Catholics and others for discussions about aspects of the Catholic Church, have planned, for their July meeting, a visit to the house in Ham, Richmond, where Bl John Henry Newman spent time as a child. The house is now part of Grey Court School. All are welcome to join the outing on the evening of Tuesday 22 July.

Ian Ker, in his biography of Newman, says that the time spent at the house in Ham was the happiest part of Newman's childhood. The following is an extract from the biography (John Henry Newman by Ian Ker. Oxford 1988):

"There was a Georgian house, the family's country house at Ham, Grey Court House near Ham Common (it still stands). John Henry was only 6 years old when the house was given up, but he never forgot the morning of September 1807 when they left it for good. As a schoolboy he dreamed about it 'as if it was Paradise'. His most vivid memory remained that of gazing 'at the windows of the room where I lay abed with candles in the windows in illumination for the victory of Trafalgar'...

When as a schoolboy he 'dreamed of heaven, the scene was Ham'. He returned to see the house again on several occasions: in 1813 with his father and brother, in 1836 and while on holiday from Birmingham in 1861. He felt he knew more about the house than any other he had been in since and 'could pass an examination in it. It has ever been in my dreams'."

The group will meet at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 22 July at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Ham, Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7HT. After visiting the house, they  will return to St Thomas Aquinas and have a picnic either on the common or in the church hall.

For further information contact – Fr. Peter Andrews Tel. 07753827967

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