Martyrs' Memorial

Martyrs' Memorial, Oxford

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Mark P
Hampshire, UK1,374 contributions
Famous Oxford landmark
Nov 2021
Famous Oxford landmark. Right in the centre of Oxford.

Free to visit and worth scheduling a few minutes to see.

Steps are a good place to sit down for a few minutes too.

A reminder of less tolerant times.
Written November 7, 2021
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Bertie1224
Northamptonshire, UK254 contributions
A fascinating creation
Aug 2020 • Couples

Splendid piece of Victorian gothic architecture that could easily just be driven past. Looking down from the third floor of the Randolph hotel gives it a whole new perspective.
Written August 24, 2020
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK6,760 contributions
Worth a visit
Mar 2020
This statue has been erected to remember the religious martyrs, Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley who were burnt at the stake in the sixteenth century following the English Reformation. Very prominent statue sited at the junction of several roads towards the north of the city. Worth a visit.
Written April 19, 2020
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,786 contributions
Interesting memorial
Feb 2020
Martyrs' memorial is an interesting and easily missed item to locate while wandering the streets of Oxford just across the road from the Ashmolean museum.
Written March 8, 2020
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK939 contributions
Now a popular meeting spot
Dec 2019
The Martyr’s Memorial was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and built of magnesium limestone. It is a 19th century memorial commemorating the 16th century martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer, Nicolas Ridley and Hugh Latimer who were all burnt at the stake for their alleged Protestant heresies during the reign of Roman Catholic Queen Mary. The site of the stake was actually around the corner in Broad Street, but it was found to be impracticable to erect the monument there. The Grade II listed monument was modelled on the Waltham Cross and is now something of an Oxford meeting point. Whenever we passed there were people sitting on the steps. Worth a look if you’re passing.
Written January 6, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
A popular meeting spot!
Jun 2019
During our stay in Oxford, we passed by the Martyr’s Memorial on several occasions. Each time we passed by, the small area around the memorial was busy with small groups of people gathered around it, sitting on the steps of the memorial itself.
It appeared that the memorial is a popular spot for people to meet up before venturing into the town centre.
The memorial is actually quite striking in its appearance with its tall spire and coloured shields and the plaques commemorating the three martyrs.
The only downside of the memorial is that it is situated on what is basically a traffic island. Each time that we were there, the traffic around the memorial was quite heavy.
Well worth pausing for a few moments to take a look should you find yourself in the vicinity of the memorial.
Written November 17, 2019
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Matthew P
Bury, UK237 contributions
Beautiful memorial... good to visit as part of a walking tour
Sep 2019
The memorial is a great example and well worth a visit as part of a wider tour of the city. However there isn’t a massive amount to see so it doesn’t take a lot of time.

It is interesting to do some additional reading, either during your tour or at a later point. We found out the memorial represents the 3 martyrs of Oxford who were convicted of heresy and executed by being burned nearby - also in the city.

Each of the martyrs is displayed on different sides of the tower and the memorial itself is very similar to a church steeple.

We were also told there have been occasional rumours about an underground church below the memorial but this apparently isn’t true.

Written September 24, 2019
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Jon Bee
Buckingham, UK83 contributions
Iconic Oxford Memorial
Sep 2019
Being set at the far end of St Giles, the Martyrs Memorial is difficult to miss as you enter the city. Although often overlooked, the monument is well worth a closer inspection and a moment to consider what these three men achieved in the history of Britain. Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley all met their ends in nearby Broad Street, and the memorial is a fitting tribute to their sacrifice. It is a nice piece of architecture and definitely worth seeking out amidst the bustle of central Oxford - it should definitely be on any visitor's list.
Written September 22, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
Monument like a cathedral spire
Sep 2019 • Solo
The Martys’ Memorial rises high above the centre of the bottom end of St. Giles north of which the Woodstock and Banbury Roads bifurcate rather like the division between Protestant and Catholic caused by the Reformation. The memorial commemorates the burning in 1555 in the reign of Mary I of former Anglican bishops Latimer and Ridley then the former Archbishop of Cranmer and author of so much of the Anglican liturgy as we know it Thomas Cranmer some months later in 1556. A cross in the road outside Bailliol College marks the spot where they were burnt. What will be the eventual fate of that modern day heretic educated at Bailliol College Boris Johnson I wonder? The memorial dates from 1838 and was designed by George Gilbert Scott to mark an assertion of Oxford’s Protestant faith amidst the perceived onslaughts of the High Church Oxford movement led by Keble and Newman.
Written September 14, 2019
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sheepygold
london4,810 contributions
A very interesting memorial
Aug 2019 • Couples
Designed by George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1843 this memorial commemorates the burning of martyrs nearly 300 years earlier. Its design is based upon monuments from the 13th century.
Written August 24, 2019
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