Ronald K. Brind

C.S. Lewis in Oxford

A Guide for Visitors

Martyrs Memorial, St Giles, Oxford

Was completed in 1843 and stands at the southern end of St Giles. It was erected in memory of the three protestant bishops Thomas Cranmer (Archbishop Cranmer), Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer who were burnt at the stake at the western end of Broad Street, Oxford. Today in Broad Street a cross in the middle of the road, at road level in fact indicates the actual site of the ditch, at the time outside Oxford’s north gate where the deed took place. During the years 1555/6 our Queen Mary was looking towards Rome and Catholicism. Martyr’s Memorial was designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott who also designed Exeter College (founded 1405) Oxford and Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford where brothers Clive Staples Lewis and Warren Hamilton Lewis are buried in the Churchyard.

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