Cardinal Manning (1808 – 1892)

22 Carlisle Place, Victoria, London SW1


“Only three plaques of this design exist, the other two being those commemorating Thomas Stothard at 28 Newman Street and Micheal Balfe at 12 Seymour Street. The material used in their manufacture is lead.”


“We were interested to find a drawing of this memorial in the 1915 book ‘Memorials and Monuments’ by Lawrence Weaver, where we learn that the material is lead. The erection date on the plaque shown in that drawing is ‘1913’, not ‘1914’, which suggests it was delayed for some reason.”

From: Westminster’s Conservation Area Audit :

“Manning House is a stock-brick palazzo built c.1867 as the Guardsmen’s Institute by H. A. Darbishire. It exhibits typically 1860s eclectic detailing and is nine bays and three and a half tall storeys, with openings round-arched below and above, and segmental between. The building served as the Archbishop of Westminster’s Palace 1873-1901 and was reconstructed for offices in the 1960s by Rolfe Judd, a slate mansard added with sash dormers in line with bays below.”


“Henry Edward Manning, (born July 15, 1808, Totteridge, Hertfordshire, Eng.—died Jan. 14, 1892, London), member of the Oxford movement, which sought a return of the Church of England to the High Church ideals of the 17th century, who converted to Roman Catholicism and became archbishop of Westminster.

Manning was the son of a banker and member of Parliament. He was associated with the Oxford movement, was ordained a priest in the Church of England (1833), and became archdeacon of Chichester (1840). Manning’s attraction to Roman Catholicism was based on his opposition to government interference in ecclesiastical affairs. He was disturbed when the Privy Council overruled the refusal of a bishop to institute an Anglican divine, George C. Gorham, on grounds of unorthodoxy (1850). Manning was received into the Roman Catholic Church on April 6, 1851, and was ordained a priest (his wife had died in 1837) by Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman on June 15, 1851. He then studied theology at Rome. In 1857 he founded the Oblates of St. Charles. His rapid rise in the church culminated in his appointment as archbishop of Westminster (the Roman Catholic primatial see of England) in 1865 and his elevation to the rank of cardinal in 1875.

As archbishop, Manning was a vigorous builder of Catholic schools and other institutions. An extreme Ultramontanist, he accused John Henry (later Cardinal) Newman of minimizing the authority of Rome, and in the debates on papal infallibility at the First Vatican Council he advocated a less cautious definition than that eventually adopted.

Manning won general public regard for his social concern and his successful intervention in the 1889 London dock strike.”

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