Bishop Hooper's Memorial
St Mary’s Square
Off Westgate Street
Gloucester GL1 2QT
In St Mary’s Square at the rear of Gloucester Cathedral, the actual spot where Bishop John Hooper was burned at the stake is marked by an impressive Victorian neo-gothic memorial.
On 9 February 1555 Bishop Hooper was executed. He was the first Protestant clergyman to be martyred during the reign of Queen Mary I (‘Bloody Mary’).
The site chosen was in the graveyard of St Mary de Lode church, outside but within sight of Hooper’s own Gloucester Cathedral. His friars watched from a little room above St Mary’s Gate, and his clergy were forced to stand in the upper rooms of the pink and timber house to watch their Bishop being burnt alive.
The statue of Bishop Hooper faces the Cathedral and St Mary’s Gate. An inscription on the memorial reads "Gloria Soli Deo. For the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, not accepting deliverance, John Hooper D.D. Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester was burned to ashes on this spot February IX Anno Domini MDLV".
Twenty-five yards away in Westgate Street are the Tudor lodgings where Bishop Hooper spent the night before his execution. These lodgings are now the Gloucester Folk Museum.
One of the displays is devoted to the Bishop.
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