In search of Saint Cuthbert Mayne


A pilgrimage into the Cornish countryside


Saint Cuthbert Mayne was the first ‘seminary priest’ to be martyred during the English Reformation.


He was arrested on the 8th June 1577 at The Manor House, Golden.


The Manor House today.


A side view of where Saint Cuthbert Mayne most likely celebrated The Holy Mass.

IMG_3104The facade of a ‘barn’ shows bricked up windows and a sundial above the door.


A view inside the barn reveals stone stairs which may have been hidden from public view since priests of that time were forbidden from celebrating The Mass. Did these stairs lead up into a secret chapel?


After a chat with a friendly local we learnt more about Tudor times and continued to walk on an unplanned circular route back home.


Saint Cuthbert Mayne was born in 1544.


This is the entrance to the dungeon at Launceston Castle where St. Cuthbert Mayne was imprisoned for five months until his death.

He was hanged, drawn and quartered for his Catholic faith on the 29th November, 1577 and is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

The skull of St. Cuthbert Mayne is available for veneration (by prior appointment) at the church named in his honour in Launceston, Cornwall.

The full story on the life of St. Cuthbert Mayne can be read in a little-known but much loved book by Helen Whelan.











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