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The Martyr's Memorial

Henry Weekes

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Victorian Gothic memorial, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, with three stone statues of the protestant martyrs, who were burnt at the stake in Broad Street, Oxford, for their belief in the Protestant Faith in 1555 and 1556:

Oxford - The Martyr's Memorial
1. t. cranmer
Oxford - The Martyr's Memorial
2. n. ridley
Oxford - The Martyr's Memorial
3. h. latimer

  1. t. cranmer - Thomas Cranmer (1489 - 1556), leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury, 1553-1555 (Wikipedia), facing north holding the Bible
  2. n. ridley - Nicholas Ridley, (c. 1500 - 1555), Bishop of London and Westminster, 1550-1553 (Wikipedia), facing east
  3. h. latimer - Hugh Latimer, (c.?1487 -1555), Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and Bishop of Worcester (Wikipedia), with his arms crossed and head bowed westwards.
Around the monument are coat of arms, but we haven't found what they represent.

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To the glory of god
and in grateful commemoration
of his servants
thomas cranmer
nicholas ridley
hugh latimer
prelates of the church
of england
who near this spot
yielded their bodies
to be burned
bearing witness
to the sacred truths
which they had
affirmed and maintained
against the errors
of the church of rome
and rejoicing that
to them it was given
not only to believe in christ
but also to suffer for his sake
this monument was erected
by public subscription
in the year of our lord god


Sources & Information


  • Country: Great Britain
  • Bishop
  • Coat of arms
  • Cranmer, Thomas
  • Latimer, Hugh
  • Ridley, Nicholas
  • Statue
  • Weekes, Henry
  • Locatie (N 51°45'18" - W 1°15'32")

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