• LOCATION 18 | Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    Martyrs Memorial

    Martyrs Memorial on Oxford audio tour Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    Ok, are you standing in front of the memorial and facing it?

    The Martyrs Memorial was built 300 years after the English Reformation, and it commemorates the executions of three Anglicans by Mary Queen of Scots. One of them was the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer.

    Before he was burned at the stake, the bailiffs charged him for his expenses in prison. It wasn't a bad life on death row; his bill included wine, figs, oysters, veal, and almonds, as well as his barber and laundry charges. But the last items on this list were the wood bundles used to build his pyre...

    Now, if you turn around, and look up the road, you can see that further down, the road splits into two. If you go up the Woodstock Road on your left, you’d get to Somerville College and St. Anne’s College, two of the first women’s colleges. And if you take the Banbury Road on the right, you’ll find more colleges, and the all-important IT and Careers Services.

    Now turn back around, towards the memorial. If you head down the road on your right, Magdalen Street, you’ll find a Tesco Metro and a Sainsbury’s, where I go all the time to stock up on food!

    But you're not going down any of these streets. Instead, go down the road on your left. It's called Magdalen Street East. That's where you're headed.

    Make sure you're walking on the left-hand pavement. Keep going until you reach the end of this street.

Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students