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Liebenrood Road 64
(English Martyrs Catholic Church)

Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More

Two English Martyrs.
artist unknown
1926

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Description

The English Martyrs Catholic Church was built in 1926 after designs of the architect Wilfrid C. Mangan. On both sides of the entrance are roundels depicting two English martyrs: Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More. In the tympanum over the three western doors are Venetian mosaic panels bearing the arms of the two martyrs and their emblems of martyrdom.

Reading - Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More
beatvs hvgo cook faringdon vltimvs abbas radingensis
The Blessed Hugh Cook of Faringdon
(d. 1539)
Benedictine monk who presided as the last Abbot of Reading Abbey (Wikipedia).
Reading - Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More
saint thomas more regni cancellarivs
St. Thomas More
(London 1478 - London 1535)
English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist (Wikipedia).

Reading - Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More
Emblem of the martyrdom of Hugh of Faringdon; o crux ave spes unica (Hail to the Cross, our only hope).
Reading - Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More
The Lamb of God flanked by the coats or arms of Faringdon and More, and the text omnes sancti martyres angliæ orate pro nobis (all holy English martyrs, pray for us).
Reading - Hugh of Faringdon and Thomas More
Emblem of the martyrdom of Thomas More; o rex gentium (Hail to the King of mankind)

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  • Country: Great Britain
  • Abbot
  • Hugh of Faringdon
  • Lamb of God
  • More, Thomas
  • Mosaic
  • Philosopher
  • Tympanum
  • Location (N 51°27'7" - W 1°0'14")

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