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H 245 x W 175 mm

157 pages

illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Sep 2014

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781905739844

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Binsey: Oxford’s Holy Place

Its saint, village, and people

Edited by Lydia Carr, Russell Dewhurst, Martin Henig


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This collection of essays is not a guidebook so much as an evocation of Binsey, dwelling on specific aspects from the busy river to the tranquil and silent churchyard; from the poplars and Hopkins’ great poem on them, to the personalities who served the village community; from the Binsey of St Frideswide’s time to the community of the present day.



Forewords (Christopher Lewis and Clare Sykes) ;
Introduction and Acknowledgements ;
A Poet’s View: St Margaret’s Church at Binsey (Nigel Speight) ;
The Legends of Saint Frideswide (John Blair) ;
St. Frideswide’s Binsey as Sacred Space (Martin Henig) ;
Pilgrimage to Binsey: Medieval and Modern (Lydia Carr) ;
The Clergy of Binsey (Russell Dewhurst) ;
Life in Binsey as Recorded in the Church Registers (Carl Boardman) ;
Binsey: A Church in its Landscape (Julian Munby) ;
Binsey and Lewis Carroll (Edward Wakeling) ;
Gerard Manley Hopkins and ‘Binsey Poplars’ (Beatrice and Peter Groves) ;
The Perch and its Predecessors (Mark Davies) ;
Meeting God at Binsey: Holy Ground, then and now (Martin Henig)