University Church of St Mary the Virgin

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University Church of St Mary the Virgin information

Oxford , England
High St
+44 1865 279111
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admission free
Opening hours
9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11.30am-5pm Sun Sep-Jun, 9am-6pm daily Jul & Aug
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With a tower dating from 1280 and a Perpendicular Gothic nave, this relatively unadorned church is most famous as the site of the 1556 trial of three Anglican bishops (including Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury) during the reign of Mary I. All three were later burned at the stake for heresy on Broad St. Inside, there's a memorial to the victims of the Reformation – both Protestant and Catholic.

Other notable features include the 17th-century twirly-pillared porch, the ornate 14th-century spire and a 19th-century stained-glass window showing the Tree of Jesse. A trek to the top of the tower (£4) offers excellent views of the adjacent Radcliffe Camera .