Thomas Harding, martyr, 30th May 1532

Lived in Amersham and later in Chesham where he was a farmer and became the last of the Lollards to die for his beliefs.


Memorial to Thomas Harding at Martyrs Dell, Chesham

Born c.1470, Harding lived in Amersham and later in Chesham where he was a farmer and became the last of the Lollards to die for his beliefs. He fought for the right to read the scriptures in English. He was accused of heresy and interrogated in Chesham parish church. He was found guilty and ordered to be burnt in 1532 at a place since known as Martyr’s Dell. Before his execution, Harding asked the people to pray for him and then lifting his hands to heaven prayed ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’. Perhaps as an act of mercy someone threw a heavy block of wood at his head and killed him as the fire was being lit.

Picture Courtesy of Clive Foxell