Items (20 total)

  • Collection: Syon Abbey Collection

Page from the revised edition of the Rule of St Augustine and the Constitutions of St Bridget, featuring the signatures of sisters and brothers of Syon Abbey, including those of Confessor General Joseph [Seth] Foster, Abbess Isabella [Elizabeth]…

Vow of profession of Catherine Witham, signed 'Sister Catherine Witham' and dated 27 July 1749. Also signed by Abbess Winifred Hill.

Transcript of a letter from Sister Kitty Witham to her mother, in which she describes the Great Earthquake in Lisbon of 1755 and its impact on the community at Syon Abbey. A paragraph at the end of the letter is addressed to 'Aunt Ashmall'.

Manuscript letter from Sister Kitty Witham to her mother, in which she describes the Great Earthquake in Lisbon of 1755 and its impact on the community at Syon Abbey. A paragraph at the end of the letter is addressed to 'Aunt Ashmall'.

Title page from a manuscript laying out the words and form of the ceremonies for receiving the habit and profession. Includes a colourfully illustrated title page, and a colourful illustration of the altar at the end of the manuscript.

Illustration of a Bridgettine nun (or possibly St Bridget of Sweden) decorating the vow of simple and solemn profession of Sister Mary Paul Hardstaff-Stafford.

Christmas card featuring the seal of medieval Syon Abbey. Printed with the message: 'Greetings for Christmas and the New Year from Lady Abbess and Community, Syon Abbey, S. [South] Brent, Devon. Presumably decorated by Sister May Veronica [Joan…

Detail from the Office of the Dead, with a prayer for 'King Henry, our founder', on folio 168v of a Book of Hours for the use of a Syon Abbey nun.

Petition to the Pope concerning three charges made against the community, signed by the Abbess and all the sisters of Syon Abbey.

Two pages from a transcription of the Stations of the Cross by Sister Kitty [Catherine] Witham.

Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Includes five pages of manuscript inscriptions by Sister Catherine Witham in the flyleaves at the front of the book.

A document recording the admittance of Right Reverend John Keily, the Lord Bishop of Plymouth as Brother of the Syon Abbey Chapter. The document is decorated with illustrations of St Bridget of Sweden, St John the Baptist, St George, a bishop,…

Two illuminated Christmas cards from a collection of illuminated handmade cards by Sister Mary Veronica [Joan Kempson].

Printed prayer card featuring an illustration of St Bridget of Sweden by Sister Mary Stanislas / Stanislaus [Annie Simmons], a nun of Syon Abbey. The prayer card is attributed to Syon Abbey in South Brent, Devon, and was presumably printed for sale.

Leaflet promoting the vocation to religious life at Syon Abbey in South Brent, Devon. It includes information about their activities, consisting of prayer, including the Divine Office; reading; study; apostolic work, including the Crusade of Prayer…

Photograph postcard of Bridgettine sisters standing outside Syon Abbey, Marley House in South Brent, Devon.

Photograph postcard of Sister Mary Peter with two goats on the Syon Abbey Farm in South Brent, Devon.

Photograph postcard of a nun and a laysister laying the tables for a meal in the refectory at Syon Abbey in South Brent, Devon.

Two pages from a pamphlet by an anonymous author, presumably Sister Mary Magdalen Nevin, and published by Syon Abbey. The pamphlet concerns the history and daily life at Syon Abbey, told from the perspective of the Abbey's cat, Punch.

Cartoons by a sister, reflecting on her novitiate at Syon Abbey.
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