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Description: Martyrs Memorial Obelisk on Pavement in Front of Number 85
Date Listed: 14 October 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 123030
OS Grid Reference: TQ8059890676
OS Grid Coordinates: 580598, 190676
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5860, 0.6055
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RAYLEIGH HIGH STREET
Obelisk on pavement
in front of No. 85
Obelisk. Dated 1908. Marble obelisk on plastered double base with chamfered
upper edges. The lower block with ornate cast iron drinking fountain to west
face, this with semi-circular bowl and pendant, moulded head and lotus head
fosset. Moulded marble base to obelisk "Thy word is truth" to west face. The
obelisk polished with rough centre panels. Side panels read: "Erected 1908 by
the Protestants of Rayleigh and District. The Noble army of Martyrs praise
Thee". "On this spot suffered for the truth Thomas Causton 26 March 1555, John
Ardley 10 June 1555, who, in reply to Bishop Bonner said, If every hair on my
head were a man I would suffer death in the opinion and faith I now profess."
"Also commemorating Robert Drakes, Minister of Thundersley and William Tyms
Curate of Hockley, both suffered in one fire at Smithfield 24 April 1556."
Situated between the pump q.v. 9/85 and horse trough q.v. 9/87 forming an
important group in the former market place.
Listing NGR: TQ8059890676
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Source: English Heritage
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