Oxford St Frideswide
Patron Saint of the city and university of Oxford, Frideswide was the first Abbess of a double monastery in Oxford in the late seventh century. As a young woman she had escaped the unwelcome attentions of a royal suitor by escaping by boat up the River Thames to Bampton where she hid in the woods for three years. She is seen here peeping through the leaves of her arboreal hiding place. She is similarly represented on what is believed to be her thirteenth century shrine the fragments of which were discovered in 1875 and placed nearby in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.