Tyndale Monument

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The Tyndale Monument is a tower built on a hill at North Nibley, Gloucestershire, England. It was built in honour of William Tyndale, a translator of the Bible, who is believed to of been born at North Nibley.

The tower was constructed in 1866 and is 111 ft (34 m) tall. It is possible to enter and climb the tower after paying a nominal fee for a key. The hill it is on allows a wide range of views, especially looking down to the River Severn A nearby topograph points to some other landmarks visible. The hill surrounding is quite steep. There is two main paths, one which goes up on steep steps, or one that follows a rough slope. The tower itself is surrounded by fencing and has floodlights that which lights up the tower at night.

There is a plaque on the front of the tower. The text engraved on it reads

ERECTED A.D. 1866
IN GREATFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM TYNDALE
TRANSLATOR OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE
WHO FIRST CAUSED THE NEW TESTAMENT
TO BE PRINTED IN THE MOTHER TOUNGE
OF HIS COUNTRYMEN
BORN NEAR THIS SPOT HE SUFFERED
MARTYRDOM AT VILVORDEN IN
FLANDERS ON OCT 6 1536

It is a landmark that can be seen for miles, even in places as far as Bristol over 20 miles away. In the town of Thornbury there is a street called Tyndale View where the tower can be seen from approximately 10 miles away.

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