Cathedral Church, Hereford

Recent Photograph of Cathedral Church (Hereford)

The Cathedral Church in Hereford is dedicated to St Ethelbert, formerly King of the East Angles, who was murdered in 793 by Quendreda the wife of Offa, King of Mercia. Ethelbert had sought Offa's daughter's hand in marriage, and it is said that Offa suffered remorse for the crime, or perhaps more practically, sought dispensation from the Pope for what he and his wife had done. His 'penance' resulted in him arranging for Ethelbert's remains, which had been buried at Marden, to be removed to Hereford, and thereafter spending considerable sums of money towards enriching the Cathedral in Ethelbert's memory.

[Reference: Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1876-7]

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)


Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 20th February 1999.
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