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Church Micro 5201...Ely - St Etheldreda

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Hidden : 02/16/2014
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St Etheldreda RC Church, Egremont street

Small Bison tube, contains log only; please bring own pen/pencil

Short stay parking on street or at rear of church

Cache has been re sited due to concerns of residents local to the original cache. Sited with permission from the Parish Priest

St. Etheldrea’s is the Roman Catholic Parish Church of Ely. The church was opened in 1903.'s_Church,_Ely


The church notably contains the shrine and relics of St. Etheldreda, (circa 639) an Anglo Saxon queen and abbess. In 652 she married Prince Tonbert who gave her the Isle of Ely as a dowry and agreed she would remain a virgin. She later founded a double monastery on the site of Ely Cathedral. She died on 23 June AD 679 of a tumour on her neck. When her tomb was opened in 695 her body was incorrupt and the tumour had healed.  She went on to become one of the most popular of the medieval saints in England. She has even been described as one of "the most significant of all native English Saints”. Her shrine in the Cathedral became one of the most popular places of pilgrimage till its destruction under Henry VIII in 1541.  At some time in the Middle Ages the saint’s left hand was detached and placed in its own reliquary. It was discovered in 1810 in a priest’s hiding-hole in a Sussex farmhouse, the possession of the Duke of Norfolk , and through his estate agent it passed in 1867 to his grand-daughter, Sister Aquinas, a Dominican nun in Stone in Staffordshire. In 1953, through the enterprise of Father Guy Pritchard (Parish Priest 1947 – 1970) and the good will of the Dominican Convent this important relic returned to Ely. It is now enshrined in the church, in a niche, behind a glass screen, over the font.

If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Sadexploration know first at so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication.

There is also a Church Micro Stats & Information page found via the Bookmark list

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