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“monument to intolerance”
Review of Martyrs' Memorial

Ranked #50 of 144 things to do in Oxford
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

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 dry.

The monument commemorates the battles between Catholicism and Protestantism over the centuries. Specifically, it is dedicated to the deaths by burning of the Oxford Martyrs, the clerics Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley, for their refusal to renounce the Protestant faith. They died on Broad Street, where an X marks the spot, so you should combine a visit to both if you are interested in the history. The other interesting fact is that the monument was erected at a time when Anglo-Catholicism was becoming popular, to reassert Protestantism in Oxford.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This is worth a look (won't take long) but note that to find the place of the actual martyrdom you need to turn left on to Broad Street and it is marked with a cross in the middle of the street.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

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, in 1556, a year later than Latimer and Ridley. These three are also included on a remembrance plaque in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin on the High Street.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

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, before this field evolved into modern principles.

This is a monument to three important Protestant dissidents who defended their beliefs and paid by being burned at the stake by order of Queen Mary. An X marks that spot on Broad Street. This monument is behind the MacDonald Windsor Hotel on St. Giles St.

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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Located in Oxford city centre is the memorial to the three martyrs who were found guilty of heresy in 1555 and sentenced to death and were burned at the stake on Broad Street.

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