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Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph Catholic church, Lymington
The main stained glass window on the Sanctuary

The history of this beautiful church

Our Lady & St Joseph church opened May 18th 1859 enabling Catholics in this region to worship publicly for the first time

in 300 years.

It is now the oldest building still being used as a Catholic parish church in the South West Hampshire and East Dorset area.


It was founded by Joseph Weld Jnr, who was the son of the yacht designer Joseph Weld, and nephew of Cardinal Thomas Weld, the first Englishman to be made a Cardinal since the Reformation.

The architect was Joseph Hansom, the inventor of the Hansom cab who also designed the Cathedral of St Philip Howard at Arundel.


The Catholic church in Lymington has strong associations with the Weld family of Lulworth, and the first chapel in the district was in their house at Pylewell. In the 1850s Mr Joseph Weld began looking for a site in Lymington and in 1858 purchased the present presbytery with the land behind it, on which was built a church and a school. The foundation stone of the church was laid in the spring of 1858 and the building was opened in May 1859.


The Presbytery Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph Catholic church. Lymington



The church is Historic 

The Presbytery (the Priest’s house) became

'Listed' in 1952.

The original school building is also on site.

The church and Presbytery roofs are coming to the end of their lives.

There is no roof felting on the church roof, the original nails holding the slates to the church roof are rusting away and the battens are deteriorating.

The slates and tiles need to be lifted and replaced where necessary.

The roofing felt must be applied and new battens attached.

This will also give us the opportunity to install some insulation in the church ceiling

The tiles & battens on the Presbytery roof are deteriorating.

Other necessary works are:

re-wiring of the church and Presbytery

the refurbishment of the church and Presbytery windows

Renewal of the church heating needs and the hot & cold-water system in the presbytery

Desirable works are:

re-plastering the church

re-sanding and sealing the parquet floor in the church

refurbishing the kneelers

re-decorating the church and presbytery after the major works have been completed.

If you can help, please donate through the link below

Thank you for your generosity and may God bless you.

Fr David

Inside the church
The church boasts three stained glass windows