The Redemptoristine Nuns moved to Chudleigh, Devon, England, from Clapham, London, where they had been since 1897, in 1925, into the former Brigittine Monastery. It was reported that the move from London was due to the fact that Clapham was no longer the rural location it was when they moved there.
The nuns were of a 250 year old order that had its origins in Italy. A closed contemplative order, there were 28 nuns at the outset; in 1926 the abbess was E. Foulon. Their number had depleted to ten by 1989, all of whom were over sixty years of age. It was decided that the premises were too large and so it was put up for sale along with 13 acres of adjoining fields. The nuns moved to a Catholic campus near Liverpool.
The property was duly purchased by a couple who converted one unit for their own use and the remainder was split into five large houses, each with a garden and at least one and a half acres of pasture. The original area that served as the burial ground now forms part of the general grounds but is separated by hedging.
There are no individual gravestones but a single tablet exists with the following inscription:
In loving memory of all those buried here
Brigittine Nuns 1886–1925
Redemptoristine Nuns 1925–1990
May they Rest in Peace
- Added: 15 Sep 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2651186
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