18 July 2015

18 July 2015

18 July 2015

Christmas 2014

21 December


The front of Freyas memorial stone

The front of Freya's memorial stone

At the weekend we helped Bernard Johnson put in place the head stone he carved for Freya. Bernard took ideas from Freya, Freya’s family and from Joe, and created this magnificent memorial which reflects her life and interests.

The image on the back of Freyas memorial

The image on the back of Freya's memorial

The image on the back of the stone was inspired by a picture drawn by Freya, and contains a quotation (”her brilliance lit up the stars”) from a poem written for her by Roy Batters who taught her Classics.

Freyas memorial in Holy Trinity

Freya's memorial in Holy Trinity

To Rest

Nothing remains of your bed;
The timber has rotted
And its nails are a taste
Of blood in the mouth.

The tissue of your purse
Has spilled the beads
That held (like dew)
Your many worlds.

The cross forged from gold
Coins from Constantinople,
Inlaid with Indian garnets
Juicy as pomegranate

After a millennium of dark,
Nestles in your heart.
Grey with use,  your
Daily knife falls to hand.

Your family took care
To leave these things
For you in the dirt,
Though it did no good.

There is nothing
Like the death of a child
To undeceive a mother.
She sees clearly

The old gods are dead
And the new one
More distant than the stars;
Even the gods to come

With all their tenderness
Cannot resurrect
The smiling girl for whom
She hoped so much.

This poem is based upon a 7th century bed burial discovered near Cambridge and was commended in the Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2012.

Christmas 2012

Helen Stamp

Design by Helen Dudley. Quotation from JRR Tolkien. The constellation is the Pleiades, the Leporid is a hare, and the pose is imitated from a painting by the Chinese painter Cui Bo made in 1061. The text is set using the Shotover typeface.

18 July

Freya at Cambridge

Freya at Cambridge

12 February

18 July

Favourite things

Favourite things

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who left flowers on or around 18th. They are all beautiful, and much appreciated.


It would have been Freya’s 21st birthday a few days ago (she shares her birthday with Charles Darwin).

We would like to thank everyone who visited her grave, left flowers or cards, or simply thought about her on this day. It is good to know that people remember.

Weimin He

There are some new portraits of Freya in the Tributes section of the website. They were done by Weimin He who documented the recent redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum, and is now artist-in-residence at the Oxford University Estates Directorate (OUED) responsible for producing a body of graphic works to record the historic redevelopment of the Radcliff Observatory Quarter.