St Edmund

St Edmund by Dame Elisabeth Frink

In 869, Edmund, King of the East Angles, met his death at the hands of the Danes. He was tied to a tree and shot with arrows. Legend says that his severed head was thrown into the woods and found being guarded by a wolf. Around 900, Edmund’s body was brought to Bedericesworth (Bury St Edmunds) and subsequently housed in a shrine in what developed into a great Benedictine Abbey. Edmund was the patron saint of England, until St George replaced him. His feast day is 20 November.

In 2009 the Cathedral changed its dedication to become the Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund.