Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha, Broadway

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Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha
St Adhelm and St Eadburga church Broadway.jpg
Location Broadway, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°56′19″N 2°57′16″W / 50.93861°N 2.95444°W / 50.93861; -2.95444Coordinates: 50°56′19″N 2°57′16″W / 50.93861°N 2.95444°W / 50.93861; -2.95444
Built 13th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 4 February 1958[1]
Reference no. 264065
Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha, Broadway is located in Somerset
Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha, Broadway
Location of Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha in Somerset

The Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha in Broadway, Somerset, England dates from the 13th century, and has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.[1]

The dedication is unusual. St Aldhelm (c. 639-25 May 709), was Abbot of Malmesbury Abbey, Bishop of Sherborne, Latin poet and Anglo-Saxon literature scholar, was born before the middle of the 7th century. St Eadburgha may be an alternative spelling of St Edburga an English saint from the 7th century. A daughter of King Penda of Mercia, Edburga was a nun for most of her life.

The church's isolated position away from the village is thought to be because of an outbreak of the plague.[2]

The churchyard cross is also from the 13th century.[3]

The church also still houses the original wooden bier used at funerals over a century ago.[4]

See also[edit]

Media related to Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha, Broadway at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. p. 46. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Churchyard Cross". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  4. ^ Hall, Colin (2010). Dropped In It. Kindle ebooks at Amazon. ASIN B0047O2F0S.