Site of the Tyburn Tree
Between 1535 and 1681 over six hundred men and women were put to death for their Catholic faith, most standing accused of treason. One hundred and five of those martyrs were put to death on the Tyburn Gallows.
All that remains at the site of the triple gallows erected under the reign of Elizabeth I is a weathered stone plaque in the ground on a traffic island just behind Marble Arch, however for hundreds of years this busy crossroads was used as a place of public execution. This site, although barely marked, is a place of heroic faith where love of God proved more life-giving than breath itself and for that reason the Tyburn Tree came to be known as the Tree of Life and it is here that Saint Ralph finally went to God after his torturous ordeal in the Tower of London.
The official stone plaque is on the traffic island at the junction of Bayswater Road, Park Lane, Oxford Street and Edgeware Road, almost directly behind Marble Arch itself.
Tyburn Convent and Relic Chapel
Just a few minutes walk down the road is Tyburn Convent, sisters of the Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre. Their lives are dedicated to perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, interceding for the world, and remembering the Tyburn Martyrs.
The sisters maintain a relic chapel and Martyrs Altar with replica of the Tyburn Gallows. Priests may make arrangements to celebrate Mass on the Martyrs Altar and tours are provided for pilgrims. Please check the convent website for up-to-date information: www.tyburnconvent.org.uk