Our Lady & All Saints Catholic Church, Otley

Blessed Francis Dickinson
Martyred at Rochester, 13th April 1590

Francis was born in Otley and christened at Otley Parish Church on 28th October 1564. Nothing is known of his early life, but in 1582, at the age of 17, he entered the English College in Rheims. He was ordained at Soissons on 18th March 1589 and returned to England in November of that year. He was captured along with another priest. Upon refusing to swear allegiance to the Queen Francis was sent to London and committed to Bridewell Prison.
During this time he was tortured in an attempt to obtain a self-incriminating confession. The date and place of his trial are unknown, however, he was taken to Rochester and there hanged, drawn and quartered on 13th April 1590. Francis had been a priest for just over one year and, at the age of 25, was one of the youngest Douai martyrs.