The decorated spire of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of the most beautiful sights in Oxford. In fact, in my opinion it’s one of the most beautiful sights I have ever had the good grace to look upon, and I get to see it every day on my way home from work. Lucky me!
As well as being the one-time centre of the University, the church was also the site of the trial of the Oxford Martyrs and the location of the funeral mass for Amy Robsart, also known as Lady Dudley, the wife of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite Lord Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. I only found out that last one by chance while reading a Philippa Gregory novel!