University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
More dramatically, St. Mary's was the site of the trial of the "Oxford Martyrs", when Bishops Latimer and Ridley, and Archbishop Cranmer, were tried for heresy in 1555. One of the nave pillars has a notch cut into the stone. This was cut to support a wooden platform during the bishop's trial.
If you do mount the 127 stairs to the top of the tower you will also be rewarded with a close view of St. Mary's gargoyles, which are some of Oxford's finest (or should that be, most grotesque?).
Also keep an eye open for the unusual "barley-twist" columns supporting the front portico to St. Mary's.
Entry to the church itself is free, but there is a nominal charge to climb the tower. St. Mary's is open from 0900-1900 during July and August, and until 1700 during the rest of the year.
About Oxford, University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Address: High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, OX1 4AH
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: at the meeting of High Street and Catte Street, can also be accessed from Radcliffe Square
Website: St. Mary the Virgin
Phone: 01865 279 111
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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