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From: "Pat Hase" <>
Subject: Re: [B&D] Snowden buildings & Convent of the Good Shepherd
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:29:18 +0100
I think that Convent of the Good Shepherd at Knowle was probably the one at
Arnos Court Brislington and it later became a Reformatory School for Girls
See http://brisray.com/bristol/bbris.htm under Brislington.
I found this on a page about missing ancestors
a.. ARNO'S COURT REFORMATORY FOR ROMAN CATHOLIC GIRLS, ARNO'S VALE, NR.
Later called St. Joseph's Girls Reformatory School, Arno's Vale.
Certified 22nd April 1856 for 90 girls. Re-certified 29th March 1912 for
100 girls and in 1924 for 80 girls.
A specially built school, adjoining a Magdalen Institution. Became St
Joseph's Approved School, Arno's Vale from 1933.
1866 - Miss Ann Parrish, Superior of the Convent
1867 - Miss Ann Parrish, Superior of the Convent
1868 - The staff consists of the sisters of the order of the Good
Shepherd; Miss Trumpler; formerly at Dalbeth, taking the principal charge of
the school teaching.
1872 - Sister Superior Miss Parrish; and Sisters of the Order of The Good
1884 - Superioress Miss Weld, and 10 Sisters of the Order of the Good
1900 - The sisters of the Good Shepherd; Miss Haley lay teacher
1903 - The sisters of the Good Shepherd; The schoolroom Sister Kate Nolan
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From: "Liz" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 3:28 PM
Subject: [B&D] Snowden buildings & Convent of the Good Shepherd (was -
Valueof going back beyond illegitimate children.)
>I too believe in researching every line - without those ancestors we
> wouldn't be here today discussing them. Every so often I get stuck on a
> particular line so I leave them to rest and come back to them probably
> months or years later and often, suddenly, things fit into place. All the
> time there is new info coming into the Records Offices or on line, it's
> that we are not so patient these days...we have broadband, emails, wifi
> iPods and we expect everything to land in our laps instantly...it just
> like that.
> I noticed today that there is a young woman (on the tree) born on
> Day 1907 in Snowden Buildings, Bristol. She was illegitimate. Sarah Jane
> LEE was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1886, her Mum died in 1897 leaving
> daughters and a son - one daughter died a few months' later. In 1901
> was living at the Convent of the Good Shepherd, Knowle described as a
> girl. Was this for orphans or for naughty girls? Might her father have
> been unable to cope with a daughter when his wife died? He kept his son
> him. I think Sarah kept in touch with her father because Sarah, her
> (married in 1911) and the children used to go up to see family in Bolton.
> She didn't seem to be short of money, the family say they think someone
> supported her...was it the father of the child or did her father send
> OPC for Street, Somerset
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