Talk explores ‘saint’s bones’ find in Bicester


ARCHAEOLOGIST Paul Riccoboni will give a talk in Bicester next week on the discovery of a reliquary believed to hold the bones of St Edburg.

A badly-damaged lead box holding several bones was recently discovered at the Old Priory site in Bicester. Mr Riccoboni was the senior archaeologist who surveyed the site.

The talk will be given at the first AGM of the St Edburg’s Foundation – a non-religious historical group set up to promote the St Edburg’s Church building and its history – next Thursday, November 22.

Any potential new members are welcome to attend, and the meeting starts at 7.30pm in St Edburg’s Church.

The early Saxon saint was a daughter of the pagan warrior King Penda, and was born in around 620. She died in Aylesbury on July 18, 650, and the villages of Adderbury and Edburton near Bicester are said to be named after her.