Dec 26

A Mass Payment

On this day in 1853 Mary Jackson was charged with annoying the congregation of St NicholaSt Nicholas Liverpools’s Catholic Chapel on Christmas Eve. Her defence was that she was not Catholic but had wished to be able to celebrate midnight mass at the site on Copperas Hill. However, there was a standard entry fee which she had staunchly refused to pay. “They ought not to charge for the word of God” she argued. Mary denied causing any disturbance but witnesses attested to the contrary and the woman was ordered to pay five shillings or face three days behind bars in default. On leaving the dock Mary exclaimed, “Faith, I’ll not go there anymore!”

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