History - St Werburgh

Saint Werburgh was born around 650, the daughter of King Wulfhere and Queen Ermenhilda of Mercia. Against her father's wishes for her to marry, she became a nun and was finally allowed to enter Ely Abbey. She subsequently became an Abbess and finally senior Abbess of all Mercia. She died on 3rd February 700 and her feast day is 3rd February.

There are 17 churches dedicated to her in England plus one in Dublin, one in West Australia, a village in Zimbabwe and lady chapels in Chester and Litchfield cathedrals.

John Hughes