A Brief History
Until the Protestant Reformation all the people of Chipping
worshipped at St. Bartholomews Church which still stands in the centre of the
Those who remained devoted to the Catholic Church and the Mass had to
practice their religion secretly.
There was a Mass centre at Leagram Hall where the family remained
Catholic. At the beginning of the 19th century the penal laws against the
Catholics started to be eased. Catholics in the area were now able to go openly to the
chapel at Leagram. In the 1820s the then squire of Leagram George Weld gave land in the
village for the building of a church, a school, a priests house and a cemetery. The
present beautiful church of St Marys was then built by the Catholic community at a
cost of £1,130. The church has been renovated and redecorated over the years.
A day school for the Catholics was also built on the site. This
remained in use until 1967 when the new school was built. The old school is now a
community centre for all the people of Chipping.