St Martin Carving

St Martin, a Roman soldier, gave his cloak to a beggar, later revealed to have been Christ. Here he is dressed as a WW1 cavalry officer. The features of D'Arcy are at his request those of the beggar and not of the saint. The carving by Eric Gill, a friend of D'Arcy, was donated by the Society for the Destitute, in recognition of generous help given by D'Arcy (whose social preoccupations are not usually recognized).

The Bassett Vestment

Thanks to Fr Martin D'Arcy the Hall possesses a remarkable collection of about two dozen high-quality chasubles, in addition to several dalmatics and copes. As an example, the so-called "Bassett" vestment (named after the donor) is worth special attention. It is a faded blue velvet Roman chasuble made up of orphreys, the earliest containing an English 15th c. panel: set in a frame of panelled pilasters, supporting a canopy of a ribbed vault under a curving balcony, a King appears holding a bag and a ring.

Making History

Rev'd Jack Mahoney, SJ was approached a couple of years ago by the publishers of the best-selling Harry Potter books, the Bloomsbury Group, with an intriguing proposal. They had recently taken over the titles of the Athlone Press and were planning to republish some of them, including a book of his that had been published over twenty years previously, Teaching Business Ethics in the UK, Europe and the USA. A Comparative Study.

A fresh look at the Bible

Once, when the devil and God were having one of their endless arguments, God finally said in exasperation, "I shall write a book". To which the Devil retorted ominously, "I shall write many books". Of course, even of God's one book many versions have been produced over the centuries, aiming to meet the different needs of succeeding cultures and generations. Now Nicholas King, Fellow of Campion Hall, has produced a version of the Bible which the publishers, Kevin Mayhew, describe as "freshly translated".

Treasures of Campion Hall: The Bellarmine Jug

Antique shops can occasionally be found in Britain containing 17th century stoneware jugs of varying sizes, which are distinguished by having a grotesque bearded face carved on the front at the neck. Known generally on the Continent as bartmann, i.e., "bearded", jugs, these pieces of pottery were in England popularly given the name of "Bellarmine jugs", a term evidently intended to convey ridicule.

Treasures of Campion Hall: The Library

Today the main Library Room at Campion Hall balances the Dining Room, and fills all the narrow ground floor of the site Lutyens had at his disposal. The legend is that for aesthetic reasons (to enhance the feeling of height) he wanted the books to be arranged simply by size, with the smaller ones on the top shelves and the larger ones lower down. Fortunately the Librarians thought otherwise. Principal among these was Fr Vincent Bywater, to whom we owe the present classification system, with letters indicating the respective areas – including F for Fun (music, sport, etc.).


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