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Godstow Abbey
Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, England
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On the western bank of the River Thames, north of Oxford, lie the ruins of Godstow Abbey. The abbey dates to sometime before 1133, and was founded by a certain Dame Ediva after she received a vision telling her to found a nunnery for 24 gentlewomen. The most famous resident of Godstow was Rosamund Clifford, known to history as Rosamund the Fair, mistress of Henry II. Rosamund is buried somewhere at Godstow, though there is no indication of the grave site. The Thames Path runs beside the abbey ruins on its way south to Godstow Lock and Oxford.

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