Cobbled Cross at Broad Street

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Oxford Martyrs (Cobbled Cross & Monument) Jan 15, 2017
The Oxford Martyrs were three Anglican bishops (Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer) who were tried and executed in 1555 and 1556 for their protestant beliefs. This took place during the counter-reformation of Mary I's reign.

Some items relate to that event are still in existence. The door of heir prison cell is stored in the tower of the University Church and Balliol College has a wooden door where you could still see the stains of smoke and fire caused by the executions of the murder. The rhyme „Three Blind Mice“ is often put in context with the trial and execution.

The trial took place in the University Church where you can see a memorial plaque. The execution took place on Broad Street in front of the southern side of Balliol College. A cobbled cross in the middle of Broad Street marks the spot where they were executed. There is also a Victorian monument behind St. Mary Magdalen's Church, in front of the western side of Balliol College. It is said, that student pranksters have told tourists that this is the spire of an underground church.
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