St Botolph

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 11:34

St Botolph

St Botolph

St Botolph (Botulf) - St Botolph was the Abbot of Iken, he is the patron saint of wayfarers, and he was one of the most revered saints of East Anglia. Botolph, was a young Saxon noble living around the 7th century and was sent along with his brother to a Benedictine Abbey in France to be educated. Whilst his brother went on to be a Dutch Bishop, Botolph found his way back to his East Anglian home. King Anna gave him some land so that he could build a monastery, the land was at Icanhoh, and is said to now be Iken, near Aldeburgh in Suffolk. St Botolph is said to have performed a miracle by draining the swamps around the area releasing the marsh gas that was said to have glowed in the night.

St Botolph lived a faithful life of Christian work and teaching, and he died in 680. His beloved monastery survived for around two hundred years but was destroyed by Danish invaders at about 870AD. The reigning Kind Edgar (983-967AD) gave the order that the remains of St Botolph should be removed from the ruined monastery and divided into three sections, one part to Ely, one to Thorney and the remainder should go to Westminster Abbey.

The remains of St Botolph were brought through towns and villages ceremoniously, on their way to London and was carried through the City gates of Aldersgate, Bishopsgate, Aldgate and Billingsgate. And you will find that the churches by these gates were named after him, plus many churches were dedicated to him along the route he was take to Westminster Abbey.

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