BITTLESTON, Henry. b. London, 25 September 1818; d. St Albans, 2 July 1886. He was educated at St John’s College, Oxford (BA 1841, MA 1845). He took Holy Orders, becoming curate of Leamington Priors, Warwickshire, and of Margaret Chapel, London (later All Saints, Margaret Street). He was converted to Roman Catholicism, and became a member of the Birmingham Oratory under John Henry Newman*. Newman described him as one of ‘my dearest brothers of this House, the Priests of the Birmingham Oratory…who have been so faithful to me; who have been so sensitive to my needs; who have been so indulgent to my failings; who have grudged no sacrifice, if I asked for it; who have been so cheerful under...
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