Eadburh of Bicester

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Saint Eadburh of Bicester
St. Edburg's Church, Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK.jpg
St Edburg's Church in Bicester, Oxfordshire
Born 7th Century
Venerated in Roman Catholicism
Anglican Communion
Major shrine Flanders in Belgium
Stanton Harcourt
Feast 18 July[1]
Attributes daughter of King Penda of Mercia

Eadburh of Bicester (often Edburga) was an English saint from the 7th century. A daughter of King Penda of Mercia, Edburga was a nun for most of her life.

She died around 650 at Castor or Aylesbury, her relics were transferred to Bicester Priory Oxfordshire sometime after its foundation circa 1182. Some of her relics were moved by papal decree to Flanders in Belgium in 1500, but a shrine remained at Bicester until removed at the dissoloution, around 1538 to Stanton Harcourt. In Bicester (and surrounding areas) she is generally known as St Edburg, which is the patronal dedication of the parish church of Bicester.[2]

Remains of the shrine survive at Stanton Harcourt.


  1. ^ See
  2. ^ Dedication and history shown here.
  • Birch, Clive (1975) The Book of Aylesbury; p. 35, Chesham: Barracuda

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