The Ipswich Martyrs
remarkable memorial stands in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.
It commemorates 9 people from Ipswich who were burnt at the stake
in the mid-16th century…their only crime? Possessing a Bible in
English! In the eyes of both State and Church, this was a crime
for which the punishment was death.
Translators like William Tyndale worked on the Continent, and the
Bibles were smuggled into England, many of them through the Port
of Ipswich. Throughout the country, Bible students, keen to read
the Bible in their own tongue, eagerly sought this precious contraband.
They were prepared to die for the "crime" of reading God's word.
times have changed.
Now, at the beginning of the 21st century we are free to read the
Bible and debate its message quite openly. But how many people do?
What was it that drove the 16th century martyrs to risk everything
to read the Bible? If it was so important to them, literally a matter
of life or death, isn't it time we found out more about this amazing
Find out more about the Bible with the Ipswich