1066 A Medieval Mosaic will be in Oxford
for the 2017 Oxford open doors event. Open Doors is organized by the
Oxford Preservation Trust in partnership with the University of Oxford. It will be open between 11am and 4 pm on the
9th and 10th September. Michael, Gillian and Rachael, artists and creators of the mosaic, will be in attendance for these 2 days.
Robert dOiley was a Norman nobleman who accompanied
William the Conqueror on the Norman Conquest of England.
Robert fought at Senlac and for his services was rewarded with the barony of Oxford. Ealdgyth, wife of Robert dOiley
was the daughter and heir of Wigod of Wallingford. After Wigods death, Robert was appointed Lord of Wallingford. Robert
dOiley owned considerable lands in Oxfordshire and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as owning:
Oxford Castle, which he built in 1071.
The Castle Mill in Oxford.
The Church of St Peter-in-the-East in Oxford.
The Church of St Mary Magdalen.
42 dwellings both within and without the city wall of Oxford.
The settlements of Watlington, Goring, Bicester, Kidlington, Water Eaton and three manors in Hook Norton.
Land and dwellings in a further 22 Oxfordshire villages.
Robert and Ealdgyth were buried at Abingdon Abbey in 1091.