White Fathers' Houses of Study in the British Province 1912 – 2006
Compiled by Peter Finn, March 2008
The Priory, Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire
1912-40 Junior seminary (1940: Pupils evacuated to St Columba’s)
1920-21 Philosophy (1921: Philosophers move to Hennebont, France)
1940-44 Military barracks
1942-67 Junior seminary (1942: Pupils of top two classes return from St Columba’s)
Woodford House, St John’s College, Southsea, Hampshire
1967-70 In-college boarding house for students attending St John’s College
St Columba’s, Newtown St Boswells, Roxburghshire
Danby Hall, Yorkshire
1963-66 Junior seminary
Ratho, near Edinburgh
1966-78 Hostel for junior seminarians attending: 1. Scotus Academy, Edinburgh, 1966-69
2. St David’s School, Dalkeith, 1969-78
1976-82 Promotions and Vocations Centre
St Mary’s, Autreppe, Hainault, Belgium (British Province)
1924-39 Philosophy (1939: move to Rossington Hall is thwarted)
Rossington Hall, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Oscott, Birmingham Diocesan Seminary
1942-43 First year Theology (1943: Theology moves to Rossington Hall)
121 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield
1943 (From Jan: accommodation for theologians at Oscott. Sept: move to Rossington Hall)
1944-45 Novitiate (1945: Novitiate moves to St Columba’s)
Broome Hall, Coldharbour, Dorking, Surrey
1946-48 Novitiate (1948-55 Novitiate at ’sHeerenberg, Holland)
St Augustine’s, Blacklion, Co Cavan (British Province)
1955-71 Philosophy (1971: move to Oak Lodge, Totteridge)
St Edward’s, Totteridge, North London
Oak Lodge, Totteridge, North London
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The return this year of the Third Form to the Priory from St. Columba's has at least gladdened the hearts of those who, with unfailing vigour, produce the harmonious melodies we hear on Sundays, Feast-Days and those" special occasions." Perhaps the shrill of unbroken voices in the corridors, in the quadrangle and (may it be said?) in class, causes jangled nerves for some; but to others it brings deep satisfaction in the knowledge that the Trebles have now been saved, if not from total extinction, at least from uncertain survival.
On St. Cecilia's Day itself, the Upper Fifth preserved the musical side of this feast with delightful renderings of "Le Ranz des Vaches," "Au fond du Bois," and "La Tyrolienne."
"Cantare est Orare"
ROUND THE COLLEGE
Scotland is famous for its scenery, and some of the loveliest is to be found in the Borders; but surely there are few spots to compare with the countryside round St. Columba's College. Perched on a hill, it affords a wonderful view of the country for miles around, especially from the dormitory windows.
In a deep valley at the bottom of the hill runs the Tweed, which forms a loop round the College.
On one side, the far bank, there are fields which rise up to Bemersyde Hill, on which is the home of the Haigs of Bemersyde. The other bank is lined with trees; and at the very foot of the hill the Tweed is joined by the Bowden Burn, which runs in a deep narrow gorge, known to generations of Columbans as "The Valley," a place of great delights.
Beyond the Bowden Burn is the village of Newtown; and rising up against the sky behind it are the three summits of the Eildons, which all students must climb before being recognised as genuine Columbans.
The Eildons are bare, but there are woods round their foot, in the midst of which can be seen the mansion of the Earl of Dalkeith, Eildon Hall.
Carrying on from the Eildons. one sees towards the south-west the peak of Ruberslaw; and to the south the long line of the Cheviots, which form the border between Scotland and England. Nestling in the trees on this side is the old village of St. Boswells, named after St. Boisil, a former abbot of Melrose.
THE WOODWORK CLUB
Fr Geoffrey Riddle (left) and Fr Desrosiers
Father Desrosiers, who arrived at the beginning of the term, has helped us a great deal, both by his encouragement and advice, and by the tools with which he has enriched our stock. A red-letter day was the arrival, from an Edinburgh firm, of a load of wood—oak, mahogany, and a new type of aluminium-coated plywood, which has proved ideal for table mats, etc.
THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF BROTHER MODESTE
WITH THE RUNNERS
The Priory 1955 :