Godstow  Oxfordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Godstow like this:

GODSTOW, a place in Wolvercott parish, Oxfordshire; on the river Isis, 3½ miles NNW of Oxford. A nunnery was founded here, in 1138 by Editha, wife of Sir W. Launcelne; and is now represented by only some low walls and crumbling windows, overgrown with ivy. The "Fair Rosamond" was educated in this nunnery; was first met here by Henry I.; and was buried here, beneath the high altar, by her parents. ...

Hence says an old ballad.-

Her body then they did entombe,
When life was fled away,
At Godstowe, near to Oxforde towne,
As may be seen this daye.

Godstow through time

Godstow is now part of Oxford district. Click here for graphs and data of how Oxford has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Godstow itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Godstow, in Oxford and Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th October 2021

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