St. Edward, King and Passionbearer Athelhampton
The Iconostasis at St. Edward's Church
How to find us
The church may be found near Puddletown (5 miles east of
Services and Contact
Church in the grounds of the Estate
Divine Liturgy: Sunday, 10.00 am
Fr. David Harris
Who was Saint Edward?
Edward lived from c.959 to 978 or 979. He was the great grandson of Alfred the Great, and uncle of Edward the Confessor.
After a short reign he was murdered near the gates to
Edward was initially buried at
In 980 the body was translated to Shaftesbury Abbey, where it was enshrined in 1001 and Edward was canonised in 1008. During the Middle Ages, many pilgrims visited the shrine until the Reformation, when it was destroyed and the relics disappeared.
The relics were re-discovered in the ruins of the
Abbey in 1931 and are now enshrined in the church of the Orthodox
Monastery of St Edward, in Brookwood Cemetery,
“Men murdered him but God has magnified him.” Anglo-Saxon Chronicle