Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Blessed John Talbot

The third ‘Lamesley Martyr’, Blessed John Talbot, was born at Thornton–le–Street in North Yorkshire. He had already been persecuted for his adherence to the Catholic faith, having been convicted of recusancy in 1588.

The regime of punishments, taxes and confiscation of property he had to endure on a daily basis was a severe test of his faith and loyalty.

John Talbot was present at prayer with Thomas Palaser, John Norton and several companions at house in Lamesley, Gateshead when arrested in 1600. John Talbot tried to prevent the arrest of Fr. Palaser.

John Talbot was imprisoned and executed on Wednesday 9 August 1600 at the gallows site in Durham on the crest of the hill at the north side of Durham City.