At the edge of Oxford’s city centre is a graceful sculpture known as the Martyr’s memorial, dedicated to three men who were burned at the stake because of their religious beliefs.
The Oxford Martyrs – Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer – were burned on what is now Broad Street, where a cobbled cross in the street commemorates the event. The huge wooden doors of Bailliol College, nearby, still bear the scorch-marks some 450 years later.
A plaque on the memorial, pictured below, reads as follows: ‘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, MDCCCXLI’.
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