Of St Bedes

The Parish Presbytery (number 58), a magnificent Victorian “Cubitt” villa, predates the church. In 1903 Frances Ellis donated Hyde House, as it was then called, to the Diocese.  The first Mass was offered by Bishop Bourne in 8th September 1903 in a room on the ground floor.  This was his last official act as Bishop of Southwark, for three days later he became Archbishop of Westminster and later Cardinal.  He never stopped coming back to St Bede’s as Fr Hooley, the long serving Parish Priest, was his Confessor and friend.  

One hundred later on 8th September 2003, St Bede’s celebrated its “first” centenary.  Bishop Charles Henderson presided at the Mass, Bishop Richard Moth (former Curate 1982-85), preached and Joanna Bogle signed copies of the history of St Bede’s entitled “One Corner of London”.  From 1903 to 1905 Hyde House was a small school for boys who wished to prepare for later entry into Wonersh.  During this time in 1904, Fr Peter Amigo was appointed Bishop of the Diocese and he made his retreat, prior to consecration at Hyde House.  Fr Michael Hanlon built the Church of St Bede (financed by Frances Ellis) which was opened for public worship on Friday 27th April 1906.  One hundred years later, on Thursday 27th April 2006, the Most Revd Kevin McDonald, Archbishop of Southwark offered a Mass of Thanksgiving for our “second” centenary.  Dom Andrew Southwell OSB was the MC and several priests who had been ordained from St Bede’s returned including Fr John Henry, Fr Anthony Charlton and Fr Philip de Freitas.  Fr Hugh Simon-Thwaites SJ was there along with Canon Devane, Dean and Fr Paul Mason of St Thomas’ Hospital.    


Since 1995, under the Parish Priest Fr Christopher Basden, St Bede’s has been a centre for the Traditional Latin Mass. Over those years this community has grown and now constitutes a half of the parish community. St Bede’s provides a model of how both new and old can work together harmoniously and provide ‘mutual enrichment’.

Since 2018, Fr Marcus Holden has been parish priest. As the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Catechesis in the Archdiocese he puts a special emphasis on the transmission of the faith. St Bede’s has become a hub of evangelisation and a centre for the vibrant and faithful catechesis of children, young people and adults.

Phone Number

020 8674 3704

Church Location

58 Thornton Road
Clapham Park, SW12 0LF

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