St Cyneburga of Gloucester
(c.AD 660 - 710)

St Cyneburga was the daighter of Alcfrith, King of Deira adn St Cuneburga, Abbess of Castor. She was the sister of King Ocric of the Hwicce
who founded the double monstery of St Peter at Gloucester (now Gloucester Cathedral) in AD 681.

Such monastic establichments contained both monks and nuns in separate yet joint communities under a ruling Abbess. Osric appointed his sister
St Cyneburga as the first Abbess of Gloucester.It is said that a prestigious Royal marriage was arranged for the young Cyneburga, presumably
involving her abandoning her nunnery in Gloucester. To avoid leaving the service of God, she fled into hiding in the city where she was taken in as
the servant of a baker. The baker soon wished to adopt her, but his wife was consumed with jealousy and, when the baker was out one day -
25th June AD 710 - she murdered Cyneburga, chopped off her head and threw it into a well near the south gate of the city. When the husband
returned home and called out to his maidservant, she replied from the well! Cyneburga's body was taken up and buried near her Well. A chapel
was built over the spot and it became a place of miracles. The lady was revered as a saint, pilgrims flocked to her side and the chapel became
the centre of a major medieval hospital.