Blessed Nicholas Postgate
Today is the feast of Blessed Nicholas Postgate, 'Martyr of the Moors'. After ordination at Douai, Fr Postgate spent nearly fifty years walking over the Yorkshire moors, dressed as a gardener, to offer Mass and administer the sacraments to his scattered flock.
In 1679, in the hysteria following the 'Titus Oates' plot, Nicholas Postgate was arrested at Little Beck, near Whitby, while baptizing a baby. At the age of eighty-two he was dragged on hurdles through the streets of York, before being hanged, disembowelled and quartered at the Knavesmire.