The Congleton Saint

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.

St Margaret Illustration

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