Sunday, 16 June 2019

THE GRANDEUR OF THE LONDON BROMPTON ORATORY


Saturday was a busy day as I set off for South Kensington in search of a grand looking Church
called The London Brompton Oratory. Situated almost next door to The Victoria & Albert
Museum in Cromwell Road, it didn't take long to find. And it's certainly as spectacular as all

the pictures I had seen of it prior to my visit.

Designed by a young 29 year old architect by the name of  Herbert Gribble, it's first foundation
stone was laid in June 1880. And on the 16th April 1884 the building was completed and
concecrated.
And looking around The Oratory you might say that it's practically several Churches built
into one, as running the length of each side of the main Church are several Chapels.
Unfortunately just as I arrived at The Oratory, a Mass was taking place so I just snapped a
few pictures then moved next door and spent a couple of hours in the wonderful Victoria &
Albert Museum, then returned to a quieter and empty Oratory allowing me better access
for picture taking, although crowds were gathering for a Wedding.

But after moving on I then had a look in at the nearby London Natural History Museum.

Interestingly a couple of notable Weddings that took place here was when Edward Elgar married
Alice Roberts in 1889, along with film director Alfred Hitchcock who in 1926 married Alma Reville.

I wonder if he ever considered using this place as a film location.
This large neo-classical Church is closely connected to The London Oratory Boys School, and
many of the boys are involved in the Church choir and can often be seen in all their 

finery parading in a procession on their way in to Sunday Mass.

Looking at the Oratory Parish Magazine it's clear to see they have a busy Summer schedule
as next Wednesday (19th June ) they're putting on a Bach organ recital along with 
full choral accompaniment. And the following Saturday 22nd June is The Oratory
Summer Garden Fete.

WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE  -  J.S BACH'S  CLAVIERUBUNG PART III ( THE GERMAN ORGAN MASS ).

THE BROMPTON ORATORY WEBSITE




6 comments:

  1. We did not see this church. Really wonderful place. Will add to the list!

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    1. Tim, It's definitely worth a visit. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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  2. It's a splendid place. If you're interested in church choral and organ music you should definitely go to the 11 o'clock Mass on Sundays. The website has a full music schedule.

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    1. Thanks for that. Yes it is spectacular. And for anyone living in Kensington then you imagine
      it would be the Church of their choice for a Sunday Mass.
      I couldn't get over all the little side Chapels... so many of them.

      Thanks for linking up, although i-kandee is showing up on your blog as Test Blog!
      I think because I used an old Blogger template layout for i-kandee.
      Cheers, Dee.

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  3. They don't make them like this any more. Little tot is on to you Dee in that last shot. Watch out. Speaking of watchful eyes... I didn't have to venture past the blogger warning asking if I was adult-ish and willing to venture into the contentious lurid London blog within, click here. What happened to the gate keeper?

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  4. Neil, The kids were annoyingly everywhere. At least I had the place to myself a couple of hours later when I returned.

    Yes at long last I was able to remove the Adult Warning sign as we've changed the theme of the blog.
    So now we're cooking!

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