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The Bocardo gaol


The Bocardo in 1770

The Bocardo Prison stood at the North Gate of the city of Oxford in the thirteenth century, and by the seventeenth century it extended over the North Gate itself, as shown in the above engraving, made just before the prison was demolished, along with the gate itself, in 1771.

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Bishops Latimer and Ridley were kept in this prison before being burnt at the stake in 1555–6.

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