Edith of Wilton

Edith of wilton

Saint Edith of Wilton (also known as Eadgyth, her name in Old English, or as Editha or Ediva, the Latin forms of her name) was an English nun, a daughter of the 10th century King Edgar of England, born at Kemsing, Kent, in 961. Following her death in 984, she became the patron saint of her community at Wilton Abbey and churches were dedicated to her in Wiltshire and in other parts of England. Her life was written by Goscelin, and her feast day is on 16 September. Edith was the illegitimate daughter of King Edgar the Peaceful, by Wilfrida, or Wulfthryth, a woman of noble birth whom Edgar carried off forcibly from the nunnery at Wilton Abbey. He took her to his manor house at Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, where Edith was born. Under St Dunstan's direction, Edgar did penance for this crime by not wearing his crown for seven years. As soon as Wulfthryth could escape from Edgar, she returned to Wilton, taking Edith with her. Edith was educated by the nuns of Wilton Abbey, where her mother had become abbess. Standing not far from a royal residence at Wilton, as part of its devotional work the abbey functioned as the contemporary equivalent of a boarding school for young ladies.

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Date of death
0984 at age of 23
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Wilton Abbey




1.Bishop Wilton

English civil parish
Bishop Wilton is a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles north of Pocklington and 6 miles east of Stamford Bridge. The civil parish is formed by the village of Bishop Wilton and the hamlets of Gowthorpe and Youlthorpe. According to the 2011 UK census, Bishop Wilton parish had a population of 554 in 227 households, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 500 in 199 households. Just north of the village lies Bishop Wilton Wold, more commonly referred to as Garrowby Hill. At 807 feet above sea level, it is the highest point on the Yorkshire Wolds. Bishop Wilton is considered by some to be one of the prettiest villages in the East Riding of Yorkshire. A shallow beck runs through the centre of the village, which children sometimes paddle in. It is flanked on both sides by open grass verges. This serves as a habitat for endangered wildlife including water voles, toads and newts. The village has a local shop, a small primary school, an art gallery / long established screen printing workshop and a pub called the Fleece Inn.
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2.St Edith's Church, Shocklach

St Edith's Church, Shocklach, stands at the end of an isolated lane running toward the River Dee about 1 mile to the north of the village of Shocklach, Cheshire, England. It is a small Norman church, and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in Cheshire. The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building and its simple Norman work is considered to be unique in Cheshire. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Malpas. Its benefice is combined with that of St Mary, Tilston.
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