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Latitude: 51.586 / 51°35'9"N
Longitude: 0.6055 / 0°36'19"E
OS Eastings: 580598
OS Northings: 190676
OS Grid: TQ805906
Mapcode National: GBR QNS.HX4
Mapcode Global: VHJKX.FDYJ
Entry Name: Martyrs Memorial Obelisk on Pavement in Front of Number 85
Listing Date: 14 October 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1168509
English Heritage Legacy ID: 123030
Location: Rayleigh, Rochford, Essex, SS6
Civil Parish: Rayleigh
Built-Up Area: Rayleigh
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Rayleigh Holy Trinity
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
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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