Cardinal Merry del Val

Today, Friday 26 February, is the anniversary of the death in 1930 of Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val y de Zulueta.

His Eminence was baptised in old St. James’s Spanish Place in 1865 and made his first communion at The Sacred Heart in Bournemouth in 1872.

The family lived in Bournemouth’s Meyrick Road from 1971 to 1875. The hexagonal post box on the corner of Grove Road survives from those days.

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