He was educated at St. John's College, Oxford, becoming B.A. in 1575-6. Hearrived at Douai College in 1577, and went with the college to Reims in 1578. At this point he came back to England, because of illness.
In 1579, however, he returned to Reims, and was ordained priest at Soissons in Dec., 1580. He left for England, 30 June, 1581, with his fellow priest Nicholas Woodfen, of London Diocese, ordained priest at Reims, 25 March, 1581.
In 1583 Stransham came back to Reims with twelve Oxford converts. After five months there he went to Paris, where he remained about eighteen months at death's door from consumption.
He was arrested in Bishopgate Street Without, London, 17 July, 1585, while saying Mass, and was condemned at the next assizes for being a priest.