Roman Catholic Martyrs connected with Essex

During the Reformation period following the establishment of the Church of England about 500 people following the Roman Catholic faith were put to death.

Many others were persecuted, forced to flee to France or Spain or made to convert to the new Church and deny the authority of the Pope.

The below list covers some of the prominent martyrs from this period who lived or worked in Essex.

The most prominent for the Dengie Hundred area is Thomas Abel who was the Rector of Bradwell on Sea.

His story is told more fully on the Thomas Abell pages of this web site.

For details of the lives of the others visit and then search the Catholic Encyclopedia

 

Date of Death

Place of Death

Name of Martyr

1535

Tyburn

John Houghton

1535

Tyburn

John Haile

1537

York

John Rochester

1539

Colchester

John Beche

1540

Tower of London

Thomas Abel

1541

Tower of London

Margaret Pole - Countess of Salisbury

1542

Chelmsford

Dr James Maylett

1545

Tyburn

John Larke

1561

Tower of London

Sir Edward Waldegrave

1582

Chelmsford

John Payne

1582

Tyburn

Robert Johnston

1591

Fleet Street, London

Montford Scott

1597

Tower of London

William Shelley

1600

St Thomas waterings

John Rigby

1601

Tyburn

Anne Lyne

1606

Tower of London

Nicholas Owen

1612

Tyburn

William Scott

1628

Lancaster

Edward Arrowsmith

1678

Tyburn

Thomas Whitbread

1678

Newgate

Edward Mico

1683

Tower of London

Baron William Petre

In the Timeof King Charles ll the below men were concicted of being Recustants

Thomas Butler of Bradwell on Sea

Daniel Elmore and Johannes Thurston of Tillingham

 

 

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