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The Way of the Cross with the Cure of Ars
by Mgr Keith Barltrop
The Way of the Cross with the Cure of Ars by Mgr Keith Barltrop
This devotional book written by Mgr Keith Barltrop is illustrated with photographs of the Stations of the Cross from S. Silas Church.
Published by ST PAULS Publishing, London SW11 3AS
ISBN 978-0-85439-770-9 Price 4.25

Available from St Pauls Bookshop, Westminster or the above link.

The Stations of the Cross were made by Sister Dorina of the Order of the 'Sisters of the Church' at Kilburn.  They were paid for by the congregation in the 1920's, mainly by the effort of collecting farthings.  They were originally a dark sepia colour, but when they became discoloured they were painted by Lady Nina Somerset in 1932.

"Sr. Dorina designed and made the original Stations from mid 1924 to the beginning of 1927 as part of her work at our convent at Kilburn. She was in charge of our Embroidery Room there. The Stations were sent out around the world up to the 1960s (?). Sr. Dorina's name was Dorothy Venables Powell, dates  8/01/1880-25/10/1957. I know she was working as an artist in 1911 (census). She had a studio in Richmond at that time. She had exhibited watercolours at the Royal Academy in 1910 and 1911. One of her brothers was the architect, George Sworder Powell.

Contact can be made with the Community of the Sisters of the Church at:-

The Community is now at
St. Michael's Convent
56 Ham Common
Surrey TW10 7JH
Tel - 020 8948 2502
Fax - 020 8332 2927
CSC Registered Charity No. 271790
CEA Registered Charity No. 200240
1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus receives the cross
3. Jesus fall the first time
4. Jesus meets his mother
5. Simon of Cyrene bears the cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7. Jesus falls for the second time
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls for the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
14. The body is laid in the sepulchre

S. Gabriel, Noel Road, Acton, W3 - still original sepia colour.

S. Barnabas, Pitshanger Lane, North Ealing, W5 - still original sepia colour.

S. Andrew, Greyhound Road, West Kensington, W14 - still original sepia colour.

S. Michael and All Angels, Bath Road, Bedford Park, W4 - which only has one Station - no. XIV, hidden away in a corner of the church - but beautifully coloured and in appearance of a very high quality.

S. Andrew, Uxbridge

S. Peter, Southfield Road, Acton Green, London W4.

Our Lady and the Rosary RC, 211 Old Marylebone Road, NW1 - white plaster with gilt halos.

All Saints and S. Columb,  Clydesdale Road / Talbot Road, Notting Hill, London W11 - unpainted - sepia colour.

S. Peter, Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London SE11. This set have background painted decoration.

S. Agnes, Kennington Park, London SE11. Plain except for gilt halos. Given by Lillian Bayliss to original church.

Holy Trinity, Shaw, Greater Manchester. This set were originally in Our Lady & S. Thomas, Gorton, Manchester, but this church is now redundant.

S. Mary, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. This set has been painted with a pale blue background and Christ has gilt halos.

Holy Trinity, Nelson Place, Broadstairs, Kent - still original sepia colour.

S. Benet & All Saints, Lupton Street, London NW5

S. Margaret, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex - still original sepia colour.

S. Paul, Deptford High Street, Deptford, London SE8 3DS - still in the original white plaster, except for no.8 which has a little gold decoration. They were presented by the Sisters from the Convent at Ham Common.

S. Osmund, London Road, Wilmonton, Derbshire DE24 8UW - plain, not painted. Set into the brick walls.

S. Mark, City Road, New Lakenham, Norwich NR1 3AT - still original sepia colour.

S Gabriel, Swansea - original colour

S Matthew the Apostle, Douglas, Isle of Man - painted

S. Barnabas, Rose Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 6TE This set was transferred from S. Luke, Southampton when it was made redundant in 1981. A painted set with a sheep in no 2.

St Mary Magdalene, Toronto Canada - Unpainted and white.
They can just be glimpsed in this short youtube film.
"The Sisters came out to Canada in 1890 - it was the first overseas venture. They started houses in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa but the one in Toronto was the longest surviving. The Sisters ended up in 1932 living in a block of houses next door to the Church of St Mary Magdalene and remained there until they moved to Oakville in 1965."

S. James the Deacon, Sheringham Drive, York YO24 2SE - painted silver.This set came from the church of St Sampson in York when it was converted to a centre for older people. It is believed that they were purchased in the time of Fr Horace Norman Vincent Tonks who left in 1935 to become Archdeacon of Grenada and then Bishop of the Windward Islands.

Perth Anglican College for Girls, Perth, Mount Lawley, Western Australia - Unpainted and white.
The Stations were installed in the Chapel of St Michael & All Angels in 1935 and are the work of Sister Dorina sculptress of the 'Sisters of the Church' who founded the college.
The College History states 'Perth College is one of the many schools founded worldwide by the Community of the Sisters of the Church, an Anglican religious order founded in 1870 by Emily Ayckbowm. The School was established in St Mary's Hall in Colin Street West Perth in 1902 with 32 girls. The demand for the introduction of boarding students increased and as a result, 'Hawkesbury' situated near Kings Park was opened in 1903. Due to the development of 'Hawkesbury' for boarders and 'Cowandilla' for the junior students together with the amalgamation of other subsidiary schools under the control of the Sisters, 1916 saw the move to the current site in Mt Lawley. Enrolments increased and the building programme flourished. Feeling their work was done and by adhering to the motto Pro Ecclesia Dei - For The Church of God, in 1968 the Sisters handed over the School to the Anglican Province of Western Australia.'A virtual tour of the Chapel can be seen by following this link and going to the Chapel.

It is possible that there are other sets in the Old Cathedral, Colombo and also St Philip's, Buffalo.
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