The Saint from Congleton: St. Margaret Ward was a Catholic born in Congleton in the 16th century. During the reign of the Protestant Elizabeth I, St. Margaret smuggled rope into a prison to help the Catholic priest William Watson escape. The priest escaped but St. Margaret was captured. Despite being tortured, she refused to disclose the location of the priest or renounce her faith. St. Margaret was hanged at Tyburn on 30th August 1588. She was canonised by Pope Paul VI on 25th October 1970, as one of the ‘Forty Martyrs of England and Wales’. Sadly, the only image of St. Margaret is the one below.
Peter Aston, museum trustee and chairman of Congleton History Society,
will give a talk on Friday 13 September at 7.30 pm at the museum. He will
conduct a pictorial tour of churches in Congleton, explaining their
individual histories and the influences (both local and national) that affected
The town has a rich and complex religious history. Initially, Astbury
was the mother church but as Congleton itself grew in importance, St
Peter’s tried to assert its religious dominance.
Methodism became popular in the area in the mid 18th century and, of
course, Primitive Methodism originated in a famous meeting at Mow Cop.
For more fascinating information, come to the talk.
If you have an interesting old bible, perhaps with a family history,
please bring it to show us.
Tickets £2.00 (free for Friends of the Museum). As space is limited,
pre-booking is recommended. Please contact the museum to book on 01260