How a priest hole saved a king


Three generations of the Robinson family discover the history of recusant hideout in this week’s Songs of Praise.


They join Rev Kate Bottley on the border of Staffordshire and Shropshire at Boscobel House, where after being defeated in the English Civil War, King Charles II went into hiding in a priest hole.


When Charles was fleeing after the Battle of Worcester, the Earl of Derby advised him to take refuge with the Giffards at Boscobel because as recusants they were “most like to have the readiest means and safest contrivances to preserve him”.


As we mark the first World Day for grandparents and the elderly, Kate hears how grandchildren love and appreciate their grandparents. And Clive and Stella Robinson share with Kate how their faith sustained them following the loss of their son Andrew, and how their family set up a trust in his memory to give holidays to young people.


Hymns and songs from across the UK include On Eagle’s Wings, Be Thou My Vision, and I the Lord of Sea and Sky.


• Songs of Praise is on BBC at 1.15pm on Sunday and, later, on BBC iPlayer.

You can find out more about Boscobel's recusant history here.

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