Oxford boasts a rich assortment of saintly associations – not least the former Cardinal, John Henry Newman, canonised as recently as 2019. His bust sits on a quiet plinth in the garden of Trinity College, greening serenely with age.
Some saints are very obvious, their names visible on churches and road signs: St Andrew, St Edward, St Francis, St George, St Helen, St James, St Luke, St Margaret, St Mary, St Matthew, St Michael, St Paul, St Philip, St Stephen, St Thomas.
Some are slightly less well known: St Alban, St Aloysius, St Barnabas, St Bartholomew, St Bernard, St Columba, St Gregory, St Ignatius, St Laurence.
Some define whole areas of Oxford: St Aldate’s, St Clement’s, St Ebbe’s, St Giles’.
Some give their name to halls and colleges of the university: St Anne, St Antony, St Benet, St Catherine, St Edmund (pictured below), St Hilda, St Hugh, St John, St Peter.