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Bishop John Hooper, second Bishop of Gloucester, was burnt at the stake on 9 February 1555. Hooper was appalled at the behaviour and ignorance of the local clergy, many of whom could not even repeat the Ten Commandments and worked hard to improve standards. He was a Protestant and when Mary I restored Catholicism in England, Hooper was falsely accused of debt to the crown and imprisoned for 17 months. However, it was for his failure to recant his heretical beliefs that he was burnt in St Mary's Square, Gloucester. He was reported to have met his fate with courage and unshaken conviction. The remains of a wooden stake, believed by Victorian finders to be a relic of the martyrdom, can be seen in Gloucester Folk Museum; the building in which Hooper is alleged to have stayed the night before his execution.