Year of creation:2005
- Rider(s):Fine Lady
No one knows the true identity of the Fine Lady of the Banbury Cross nursery rhyme.
“Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross
To see a Fine Lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes.”
The rhyme probably refers to a lady in a May Riding tradition, riding through Banbury on a May morning. The Fine Lady probably never even existed. The sculptors of her equestrian statue, Andy Edwards, Julian Jeffery and Carl Payne, helped by the equine sculptor Denise Dutton, depicted the Lady as the Queen of May. She wears a crown of spring flowers, daffodils and wild roses, bells on her feet and rings on her fingers, dropping petals from her raised left hand to bring us prosperity. The statue was unveiled in 2005 by the Princess Royal.
- Sculptor(s):Artcycle Ltd.
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