ON December 10, exactly 370 sears after the day on which five martyrs died at Tyburn — and two at Grays Inn — Cardinal Godfrey is to lay the foundation stone of the Tyburn Shrine Chapel which is to commemorate the more thou 360 English and Welsh Martyrs.
Twenty-one months ago, in March last year, the Cardinal blessed an appeal launched in Westminster with addresses from Mgr. Laurance Goulder, Master of the Guild of Ransom, from Mr. Hugh Ross Williamson, and from Mr. Eamonn Andrews.
The chapel. designed by the firm of F. G. Broadbent is now rising on a bomb site adjoining Tyburn Convent where, for 58 years the Benedictine nuns. Adorers of the Sacred Heart. have maintained Perpetual Adoration.
When complete. the chapel will have an entrance from the main road which will be used by the public. A choir is being built for the nuns where Perpetual Adoration will he continued. Below the chapel will be a crypt with an altar surmounted by a representation of the Tyburn Gallows. A reliquary will be sealed behind a grille.
Since the appeal was launched nearly £40,000, almost half of the £80.000 needed, has been raised-mainly through continuous advertising in the Catholic Press. A new and urgent appeal is to be made for the "other half".
With the long desired memorial to the Tyburn Martyrs now in progress. and the swift advancement of the Cause of the Forty English and Welsh Martyrs-19 of whom met their death at Tyburn—the Nuns of Tyburn have published a very informative booklet "They Died at Tyburn". This gives not only short biographies of the more than 100 martyrs who died there. but also a resume of the events which led to the break with Rome in 1534, and an epilogue which gives the interesting history of the site from the death of the last martyr until today.
The booklet can be obtained from Tyburn Convent. 8 Hyde Park Place, London, W.2. Price: 2s. 4d. including postage.
Donations for the shrine-chapel should be sent to The Tyburn Shrine Building Fund. c/o National Bank, Whitehall, London. S.W.1. The names of all donors of 5s. or over will be entered in a Tyburn Book.