Standing on the Cotswold escarpment overlooking North Nibley you will see Tyndale's Monument. This striking 111 foot tower was built in 1866 in memory of the writer, William Tyndale, thought to be born nearby and famous for translating the Bible to English. Although his exact birthplace is not known, he spent his childhood in the Dursley area before going to Oxford to study Greek.
While he became a local tutor he was also outspoken stating his view that the Bible should be published in English in order that it could be studied and understood by everyone, even the poorest people in the land. This view prompted much criticism and the persecution against him so he moved to Germany devoting his time to translate and publish the Bible in English. He finished translating the New Testament into English in 1525, with copies circulating in England by 1526. However by then is was living in Antwerp Belgium and was but was martyred in 1536 at Vilvorde near Brussels.
The memorial was suggested some three centuries later with the monument inaugurated in 1866 three years following the foundation stone being laid.
Inside the tower a narrow, dark, winding staircase leads to an enclosed viewing platform. If you have the energy and don't suffer from claustrophobia, the view is worth the climb.
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* The monument is generally open to the public, but if locked a key is available from a cottage in North Nibley -- details are given on the notice board.
Leave the M4 at junction 14. Turn left towards Wotton-Under Edge, and left again at the T-junction with Charfield. Go through Wotton, following signs to North Nibley. The entrance to the monument is on your right just before you get to the main village. There is a lay-by on the left for parking.From Bristol, drive to Chipping Sodbury, take the Wickwar Road to Wotton-Under-Edge, and then follow the signs for North Nibley.