Today is the feast of Saint Ethelburga of Barking, an Anglo-Saxon princess and member of a royal and saintly dynasty ( a little like the Kennedy’s or, maybe, the Kinnocks), sister of Saints Erconwald, Etheldreda, Sexburga, and Withburga. Not to be confused ( although Wiki seems to be doing a good job of this) with Saint Ethelburga, abbess of Faremoutiers-en-Brie or even the Saint Ethelburga who founded a convent at Lyminge in Kent.
Nope, this Saint Ethelburga was the first abbess of Barking Abbey, the ruins of which (wonder how that came about) can be seen to this day, in what is not the loveliest town in the county, it has to be said.
The beautiful and tiny church of Saint Ethelburga’s, Bishopgate is named after this saint. If you’re in the City, it’s well worth a visit.
A Clerk of Oxford has much more on this most saintly of saintly women and on Barking Abbey as well.