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Reformation Trail

The trail guides visitors around a number of places of interest, including:

  • University church, with its new memorial to Reformation martyrs and the site of Cranmer’s trial;
  • Site of Cranmer’s burning in Broad Street;
  • Martyrs’ memorial beyond St Mary Magdalen;
  • The base of the tower in the city wall which is now inside the graduate block and lecture room of Jesus College in Ship Street is the tower in which Cranmer was imprisoned;
  • Jesus College is itself part of the Reformation story, founded principally to provide well-educated Protestant clergy for Wales;
  • Pizza Express (!) in Golden Cross Yard is the house of the Mayor of Oxford who was Cranmer’s involuntary host;
  • The gateway of St Mary’s College, the Augustinian college where Erasmus stayed when in Oxford, can be seen in New Inn Hall Street;
  • The Cathedral contains the shrine of St Frideswide (incident in Elizabeth I’s reign when the bones of Peter Martyr’s wife were interred with the supposed remains of St Frideswide, so that no further Catholic indignities could be done to Mrs Martyr: she had been dug up in Mary’s reign and reinterred in a dunghill).