The road to St Cuthbert’s

WalkStarting in the early 1930s Ireland would walk from Chelsea to attend services in St Cuthbert’s church in Philbeach Gardens, Kensington, where his close friend Father Kenneth Thompson worked. 467The 20-minute route took him from his home in Gunter Grove up through the extensive open parkland of Brompton Cemetery to the elegant curves of Philbeach Gardens. 461462463466464 Following the bend of the road leads to the imposing sight of St Cuthbert’s. This grand Victorian edifice appealed to Ireland both for its architecture and the formal ritual of its services.465

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