March 25 – Margaret Clitherow, the Pearl of York, and her awful end and the start of the new calendar year in the Tudor period

On this day in Tudor history, 25th March 1586, Good Friday and also Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, Catholic martyr Margaret Clitherow (née Middleton), known as “the Pearl of York”, was pressed to death at the toll-booth on Ouse Bridge in York, under 7 or 8 hundredweight. She was executed for harbouring Catholic priests.

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25th March, Lady Day, was the start of the calendar year in Tudor times.

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