Built of red sandstone in Decorated Gothic style, this Edward Pugin designed church was opened in 1860. Legend has it that it was built close to St Patrick's Hill and St Patrick's Cross which supposedly marks the spot where St Patrick preached in the town before embarking on his mission to Ireland. On December 23, 1864, Dr. Samuel Mudd introduced John Harrison Surratt, Jr. a Confederate Secret Service courier to John Wilkes Booth. Surratt agreed to help Booth kidnap Abraham Lincoln, but the attempt, on March 17, 1865, failed. Then, following Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, Surratt denied any involvement with the murder plot, but quickly fled to Montreal, Canada and on to St. Liboire, while his mother, Mary, who owned the boarding house where Booth and fellow conspirators planned the scheme, was arrested, tried and hanged for conspiracy in the United States. She was the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government. Aided by ex-Confederate agents Beverly Tucker and Edwin Lee, Surratt landed at Liverpool under an alias in September, where he lodged in the oratory at the Church of the Holy Cross, Great Crosshall Street. Later he served for a time in the Ninth Company of the Pontifical Zouave in the Papal States, using the name John Watson. On November 7, 1866, John Surratt was arrested and sent to Velletri prison. He escaped and booked passage to Alexandria, Egypt, but was arrested there by U.S. officials on November 23, 1866. The church was bombed during the blitz in WWII, but was subsequently rebuilt in 1954.