Wrigglesworth, George Rev (1851-1900)

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Wrigglesworth, George Rev (1851-1900)

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        1851: born
        1883?: ordained
        1885-1887: PP in Bedford
        1887-[?] PP at King’s Lynn
        1900: died

        "George Wrigglesworth was born in Hull on St George's Day 1851, the son of John and Jane Wrigglesworth, both of whom had been received into the Church shortly before his birth. Thought to be in some danger, George was baptised on the day of his birth in the Church of St Charles, Hull. After his primary education, he was apprenticed to a Catholic chemist at Barton on Humber, where for many years he served in the sanctuary of the little chapel there. At the age of sixteen he wrote a pamphlet entitled "Proofs of the Real Presence drawn from the Protestant Bible" for the instruction of his non-Catholic friends. After completing his apprenticeship and passing the examinations of the Pharmaceutical Society he started to study for the medical profession. At the age of 23, however, he decided to abandon his medical studies and to study for the priesthood. In 1874 he went to St Edmund's College, Douay and then, in 1877, to the English College in Rome. Ordained priest at the Basilica of St John Lateran by Cardinal Monaco on 19 May 1883 he returned to England. His first appointment was the Church of the Holy Apostles in Norwich as assistant to a Father Fitzgerald. From, there he went to his first independent Mission at Wolverton, Bucks in 1884. He was moved again in 1885 to Bedford and, finally, in November 1887 he was appointed to King's Lynn in succession to Father Macdonald." text from PA28-07-04-18.


        Bedford, King's Lynn, Norwich

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        Macdonald, Stodart Rev (1884)

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        Macdonald, Stodart Rev is the predecessor of Wrigglesworth, George Rev (1851-1900)

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        Fr Wriggleworth became PP at King's Lynn in 1887

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        Osman, George Ernest Rev (1888)

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        Osman, George Ernest Rev is the predecessor of Wrigglesworth, George Rev (1851-1900)

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        Canon Osman replaced Fr Wrigglesworth at Bedford ~1888

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        Member of the Guild of Ransomers as a White Cross Ransomer

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            ransomers: https://bibleportal.com/dictionary/1910-new-catholic-dictionary/guild+of+our+lady+of+ransom [accessed 25-2023]
            image: [WAL-04-1-16] text: "This photo was kindly donated by Miss Winifred Wrigglesworth who lives in Hull. Her great-uncle Father George Wrigglesworth was the priest at King's Lynn (the parish included Walsingham) who built the Church and the Holy House Shrine. During the 1890's Fr. Wrigglesworth visited Rome to seek Papal Approval for the new Shrine from Pope Leo XIII. On August 19th, 1897, he received the Statue of Our Lady which was a personal gift from the Pope to Fr. George Wrigglesworth. be placed in the new Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The next day under the auspices of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom (Father Fletcher was Master of the Guild) the first pilgrimage to the Slipper Chapel (now restored) took place. 'The Tablet' of June 12th and August 28th, 1897, has excellent accounts of these events.

            There is a memorial in the Holy House at Lynn which reads:
            "Pray for the soul of Revd. George Wrigglesworth who rebuilt this church and set up the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Born 23rd April, 1851, and died 14th December, 1900. R.I.P." Fr. Brian Ventham, S.M.

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