A special interest...

To many people the old Roman Catholic chapel at Osgodby is a quaint architectural relic of the past. This is certainly true, and at present, it is not of much practical use to the Church, since the community for which it was built has largely disappeared. It is however, a symbol of the survival and revival of the Roman Catholic Church in England. The chapel stands now  as part of the history of Osgodby. It also continues to be a place of worship according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church as designated by its foundress Mary Tunstall, whe she decided in 1792 to provide the Catholic community with a dignified place to celebrate Mass. A simple expression of the faith that would eventually, in later years, provide the Church with much larger and ornate buildings for the worship of God. The chapel reminds us of the humble beginnings of the rebirth of the Roman Catholic Church in England at the end of the penal days. (Epilogue from The Roman Catholic Mission and Chapel Osgodby Lincolnshire by Philip Bailey S.C.J.  Second Edition 2002) 

Further extracts from the book: "When James II ascended the throne in 1685 England acquired a Catholic Sovereign, after a lapse of 127 years During his short reign he aroused fears in the Protestant majority of the country by the 'Declaration of Indulgence'.

When William and Mary were proclaimed King and Queen in 1688, after the flight of James to the continent, the government reacted against Roman Catholics by reiterating the penal laws against them, and addng items to the penal code, culminating with the 'Act of Settlement' of 1701 which legally eliminated the possibility of another Roman Catholic siting on the throne of England.

WHen George III became king in 1760 another eighteen years  would see the gradual erosion of the legal system under  which Catholics had lived for over two hundred years, beginning with the Relief Acts of 1778 and 1791. Such were the circumstances that led to the building of Osgodby chapel in 1793. " 

You can find the chapel  on Main Street in Osgodby close to junction with Mill Lane. There is a small car park.  As you approach the chapel from the car parl bear right. Around the side of the chapel you will see the entrance (see picture).  The chapel is on the second floor. Access to the chapel must be arranged in advance via our Contact page.

If you would like more information about Our Lady and St. Joseph's history, we suggest you read Philip Bailey's fascinating 100 page book on the chapel's history and community.  The book is only available from the chapel. Click here if you would like to register your interest in purchasing a copy.

Gallery

Below are additional pictures of Our Lady and St. Joseph's Chapel. Enjouy them and we hope to see you there.  

(Note: All photograhs on this page are owned by Keith Winnard. Click here if you would like apply for permission to use them)