In this section we place images of North West Catholic history interest.

The Pyne Chalice, the Standish Vestment and the Wrightington Burse

Leigh's map of Lancashire

View of St Walburge's Preston

 Frontispiece of Vaux Catechism

Cardinal Allen


 The Pyne Chalice, the Standish Vestment and the Wrightington Burse

 The Pyne Chalice, the Standish Vestment and the Wrightington Burse are described in Fr Andrew Unsworth's article  A Bishop 'Richly Habited'.... in the North West Catholic History Society Journal 2019 which is available on this web site for members to download in PDF format. We reproduce here the images used in the article in their original colour format plus supplementary images not used in the article.

Click the images to view the full sized versions of the images to appreciate the detail.

Fig 1a:

The Pyne Chalice     

  Fig 1a thumb Pyne Chalice3

 Fig 1b:

The Standish Vestment (front)

   Fig 1b thumb Vaux Chasuble Standish Vestment front

 Fig 1b supplementary:

The Standish Vestment (back)

   Fig 1b supplementary thumb Vaux Chasuble Standish Vestment back

Fig 1c:

The Wrightington Burse

  Fig 1c thumb Wrightington Burse

Fig 1c supplementary:

The Wrightington Burse (other side)

  Fig 1c supplementary thumb Wrightington Burse 2


Leigh's map of Lancashire

James Leigh,  A Map of Lancashire ….. exhibiting the Catholic chapels (Liverpool, 1920) [by permission of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Archives]

This map was used to illustrate J. A. Hilton (ed.), ‘Catholic Chapels in Lancashire, 1819’, North West Catholic History, XLV (2018), pp. 5-20. A high resolution (6MB) image is provided to help you to locate the chapels. Click on the low resolution image below to open the high resolution image in a new tab in your browser.

leigh map thumbnail

View of St Walburge's Preston

Here is a view of Preston taken by Christian Franklin in January 2016   showing St Walburge's Church with a primary and secondary rainbow. The inner, primary rainbow is the result of a single internal reflection of sunlight  inside raindrops. The outer, secondary rainbow is the result of two internal reflections (see explanation).

Tom Smith's book on the building of St Walburge's - Raising Saint Walburge’s, 1850 to 1866 - is available for download to members of the Society.

St Walburge and rainbow

 Frontispiece of Vaux Catechism

Frontispiece of Vaux's catechism. According to the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, Laurence Vaux's Catechism was the first Reformation era Catholic Catechism in English when it was published in 1567. Reprints followed in 1574, 1583, 1599 and 1605. This image is from the 1583 edition. The full version is available here.

Frontispiece of Vauxs Catechism


 Cardinal Allen

 Cardinal William Allen was born in 1532, at Rossall, near Fleetwood, Lancashire, England.

William Allen

The Society has published J. A. Hilton's two lectures on the four hundredth anniversary of Cardinal Allen’s death in 1994.