Shannon Taggart
Tyburn Convent

Tyburn was the site of “The Kings Gallows” from 1196 to 1783. Some say that over fifty thousand persons met their death on Tyburn Tree during the six centuries it was a place of execution. Along with criminals, religious dissidents were murdered there, including 105 Roman Catholic Reformation Martyrs. In the 1800s under Queen Victoria, Tyburn Field was torn up, rebuilt and renamed. The land now makes up part of Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street.

In 1901, Mother Marie Adele Garnier and her newly established order of monastic nuns fled France for England on account of the laws against religious orders. Mother Garnier decided to settle her new community at the site that was once Tyburn Field, as a remembrance of atrocities that took place there and in honor of the murdered martyrs. She called their new home Tyburn Convent and to this day it remains the lone namesake of what stood there for centuries.

Tyburn Convent is now home to a small cloister of nuns from all over the world and serves as the Mother House to a congregation that has monasteries in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru.

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