I was interested to see your old photos in ‘Bygone Hampshire looking back through the ages’ on page 25  (Chronicle, April 11). The one on the right of the middle two actually shows the doorway of St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Jewry Street. The men in habits are not monks but Franciscan friars. We can tell that they are Catholics because their ropes hang down their right sides (Anglican friars have their ropes on the left hand side ). It looks as if most are Life Professed because they have three knots.

I imagine that the man in the dog collar, centre front, is the Parish priest who, at that time, would have been Monsignor Mullarkey who held the post from 1941 until 1977.

I hope this helps.

Pat Brockway,

Springvale Road,

Kings Worthy