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Hugh of Avalon was a French Carthusian monk invited to England by King Henry II. He became bishop of Lincoln (on the Eastern coast) in 1186 and set about rebuilding its cathedral, which had been destroyed the previous year by an earthquake. The work took about 100 years; Hugh died in 1200, and was buried near the High Altar. He is commonly shown in Christian iconography holding a model cathedral and accompanied by a white swan (one of which he is said to have kept as a pet). A statue in our church (to the right of the altar) shows him in this traditional pose. His feast day is November 17.