The History of Our Lady of Victories
In the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, right in the middle of one of the busiest and most fashionable streets in Central London, stands the church of Our Lady of Victories, the one time Pro-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Westminster.
It has historic links dating back centuries. Mass has been said daily in Kensington since long before the Roman Catholic Faith was banished at the time of the Reformation.
Up to the Reformation, the last recorded Catholic parish priest for Kensington was Father Thomas Batemanton in the year 1558.
The resumption of regular Catholic services commenced in 1794 after a break of nearly 250 years, as numerous French