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.
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.
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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