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Thursday 26 October 2017 Harvington Hall and Coughton Court

The outing will explore two of the most important Recusant houses in the West Midlands.

Harvington Hall is a medieval and Elizabethan moated manor house. It was built in the 1590s by Humphrey Pakington who was a recusant Catholic, at a time when the country was protestant under Queen Elizabeth I.

Throughout those troubled times, Humphrey and his family continued to celebrate Mass and needed hiding places to secrete the priest should the house suddenly be searched by troops. There are still seven hiding places in existence at the Hall, the greatest series of any in the country.

The four martyrs especially venerated at Harvington, who worked at various times in the area, are
St. John Wall -hung, drawn and quartered at Red Hill, Worcester on 2 August 1679, and canonised in 1970;
St. Nicholas Owen, the designer of the priest holes who died under torture in the Tower on 2 March 1606, and was canonised in 1970;
Bl. Edward Oldcorne- executed at Red Hill, Worcester on 7 April 1606 and beatified in 1929; and
Bl. Arthur Bell - executed at Tyburn on 11 December 1643 and beatified in 1987.

Coughton Court near Alcester is the ancestral home of the Catholic Throckmorton family since 1409. The house has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1946.
Much building work was undertaken in the 16th and 17th centuries but fines levied against Recusants meant that little has changed from the 17th century to the present day.
The house contains important relics of Mary Queen of Scots, once contained one or more priest holes and is surrounded by elegant gardens.

Cost £40 or £31 for National Trust member per person
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