Items (15 total)

  • Collection: Syon Abbey Collection

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,…

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

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

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'.

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'.

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.

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

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.

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]…

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.

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.

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

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.
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