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Kind of disappointing to find the Martys' Memorial stuck in the middle of a really busy street - with horrible traffic everywhere. The memorial was quite nice, but something about the surrounding atmosphere made it lose something. Still, worth stopping by and braving the traffic...More
Just across the way from the Ashmolean Museum, the Martyrs' Memorial is a stone monument at the intersection of St Giles', Magdalen and Beaumont Streets. It was built in the 1840s and commemorates the 16th-century Oxford Martyrs.
This impressive Victorian monument is fairly easy to find, at the end of St Giles where it meets Beaumont Street. It is opposite that other great Victorian construction, the Randolph Hotel. The steps at the base are a good place to sit if it is...More
I'd seen the Memorial on Morse and Lewis and my son said how impressive it is. However, there's no substitute for seeing it yourself. I have also read various historical novels that have referenced the martyrs remembered there, especially Thomas Cranmer who died, I believe,...More
An early design by Sir George Gilbert Scott, one of the UK's most famous and prolific (about 800 works) 19th century architects. Familiar works include the hotel at St. Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial. Pioneered as a restoration architect in "restoring" countless historic churches,...More