Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Woodbridge

Further to the east in Suffolk lies the town of Woodbridge where according to Waterton there was in the churchyard wall of the Augustinian Priory a statue of Our Lady which was much resorted to on account of its miraculous powers. This appears to be all that is recorded about it.

Founded in 1193 and suppressed in 1537 the priory was quite small and clearly localised in its interests. 

The description of the priory by both the VCH Suffolk at Houses of Austin canons: Priory of Woodbridge and on Wikipedia at Woodbridge Priory make no mention of such a statue or devotion. Since 1864 the site of the priory has been occupied by Woodbridge School.

May Our Lady of Woodbridge pray for The King and all the Royal Family and for us all

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