100 British Saints – #6 – Bertram

100 British Saints – #6 – Bertram

St Bertram is local saint of the 8th century associated with many places which can still be visited such as Runcorn, Barthomley, Stafford and Ilam. In the small village of Ilam, in the beautiful valley of the River Manifold, and at the foot of Dovedale, we find the ancient Church of the Holy Cross, and […]

100 British Saints – #5 – Werburgh

100 British Saints – #5 – Werburgh

St Werburgh is a female saint of the 7th century associated with many places in the Midlands of England which are close to a variety of Coptic Orthodox communities. These include Stone, Trentham, Hanbury, Weedon and Chester. Her mother was Ermenilda, a Christian princess and daughter of Erconbert, the King of Kent, and of St […]

100 British Saints – #4 – Winefride

100 British Saints – #4 – Winefride

The village of Holywell in North Wales is famous for its ancient spring dedicated to St Winefride (Gwenfrewi in Welsh). In the seventh century St Beuno, one of the great saints of Wales, was asked to care for his niece, Winefride, and train her for Heaven. St Beuno was given a little piece of land […]

100 British Saints – #3 – Trillo

100 British Saints – #3 – Trillo

This Welsh saint was the son of a prince of Armorica, which is Brittany, or Little Britain. Many of the British had fled to Brittany when the Anglo-Saxons invaded, and established a British community there which was in constant contact with the British Isles. He lived in the first half of the sixth century, and […]

100 British Saints – #2 – Dyfnog

100 British Saints – #2 – Dyfnog

Wales is a land which has rightly been said to have been built on the saints, and almost every other town or village is called Llan-something, which represents the Welsh word for a monastery or church enclosure. Usually the name of the place refers to the ancient Orthodox saint who founded the monastery or church. […]

100 British Saints – #1 – Alban

100 British Saints – #1 – Alban

d. 3rd centuryPlaces: St Albans, England. Verulamium Alban was the first Christian to be put to death for his faith in Roman Britain and is therefore the proto-martyr of the British Isles. He was a Roman soldier in the town of Verulamium and a pagan. During one of the periods of persecution of Christians, perhaps […]