The Cloud of Witnesses Monument

We sometimes mention Reformation martyrs without really considering the numbers involved or what their sacrifice really entailed or what it really should mean to us centuries after the fact.
The Cloud of Witnesses Monument is a visual and interactive way of paying a reverent and meaningful tribute to these men and women who laid everything on the line for their faith.

Landscaping with an Emotional Connection

If any of you have stood in the cemeteries commemorating the Normandy landings and seen field after field of white crosses then you have experienced the power of a visual statement. If you were privileged to witness the ceramic poppy display (2014) in the moat of the Tower of London you will understand how a memorial can become emotionally charged.   For the uninitiated the central courtyard of the Hartwood Memorial will appear like a creative piece of landscaping, but once you learn that each of the 401 stones represents a Protestant martyr and each pillar represents one of the 380 Catholic martyrs they take on a whole new meaning. Enough to make you stop in your tracks and be grateful for the religious freedom we tend to take for granted.

Free Audio Tour

A few stones and pillars have names of some of the martyrs engraved on them.   You will be able to take a free audio tour around the monument which highlights the stories behind those selected names.   Some like William Tyndale, John Rogers and Thomas Cranmer may be familiar to you, but others like Robert Hatchets, Margaret Polley and John Kemble have stories that also deserve to be told, known and remembered.

Our motivation for this memorial is for you to leave this sacred spot with increased appreciation, a renewed desire to serve and hope in your heart.

Clouds of Witnesses

The name of the monument is derived from the apostle Paul’s words in Hebrews:

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”
Hebrews 12:1

Become a Living Witness. Add your name to our Living Witness Wall by helping us create this monument.

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