Fonds PA51 - Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Parish, Wymondham

FEPOW Memorial books, Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham FEPOW Memorial Cabinet with embroidered cover, Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham Reredos & Altar, Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham Fr Cowin and Japanese officer, POW camp, Chungkai, Thailand Fr Cowin and Japanese officer in front of altar, POW camp, Chungkai, Thailand Fr M Cowin to leave parish - Journal Reredos design - layout Reredos design - description
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Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Parish, Wymondham


  • Norwich Road Church Built 1952 (Creation)
  • Original Church opened 26-7-1917 (Creation)

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4 folders; 1 plan (card)

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1883: born San Francisco,California, USA
1914-1918: enlisted, Major
1926: ordained
1926-1934: Wymondham Mission
1934-1938: Cambridge
1938-1941: Thetford
1941-1945: Lowestoft
1945-1947: Sheringham

Archival history

RCDEAA Holdings:
CH1 Catholic Church History 47. News cuttings - c) Requiem Mass for Father Kenneth Chapman, Wymondham February 1983
INV1 Inventories - Wymondham 1965
XJT4 File 4. Wymondham
XNP10 Wymondham (1911-1935)
XEA12 Parish Files - post 1976 - 4. Wymondham (26/2/1976 – 24/12/1999)
XPD12 Parish Deposits - Wymondham - 1.Three news cuttings re New Extension to Church (2001-2003)

Northampton Archive transfer:
Accession 2019-1-12/1 - BP Parker papers: Wymondham

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Northampton Archive transfer

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14th January 1912 the inaugural service held at the RC chapel in Cock Street. This was built in the garden of Mr Glasspool, an organ builder, who had designed the chapel so he could test out the pipes of the organs he had constructed.
1920: RC Community moved to a new church in Town Green, Wymondham
1952: At Wymondham Church: The Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) Memorial Church was built by Fr. Malcolm Cowin, to be a permanent memorial to those who suffered as prisoners of war and internees of the Japanese during World War II. It is the only church of its kind in the world. The church acts as a ‘Living Memorial’ and is unique in being the only church dedicated to the memory of FEPOW and Civilian Internees of all Faiths and Nationalities.

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