Beorhthelm of Stafford

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Beorhthelm (also Bertelin, Bertram and Bettelin) is an Anglo-Saxon saint about whom the only evidence is legendary. He is said to have had a hermitage on the island of Bethnei, which later became the town of Stafford. Later he went to a more hilly area, possibly near Ilam, where he died.[1] His shrine is in the Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam.[2] He is the patron saint of Stafford.[3] There are some remains of the medieval shrine of St Beorhthelm near the west end of St Mary's Collegiate Church in Stafford.[4]

St. Bettelin (Bertram) of Stafford is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, with a feast day on 10 August.[5]

The priory of Augustinian canons founded in 1115 on the south bank of the River Mersey at Runcorn, Cheshire, initially dedicated to Beorhthelm, was adopted from the dedication to him of a Saxon church already existing on the site. This priory was the predecessor of Norton Priory.[6]

For more discussion, details and sources regarding Beorhthelm, see Appendix 1 of The Stafford Hinterland – An archaeological review from the Roman Invasion to circa 850 AD by L C Bowkett, 1986 [7]


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  2. "Images of England: Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam". English Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "About the Borough". Stafford Borough Council. Retrieved 8 July 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Betjeman, John, ed. (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins; p. 255
  5. Hutchison-Hall, John (Ellsworth) (2014). Orthodox Saints of the British Isles Volume 3. St. Eadfrith Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0692257661.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Greene, J. Patrick (1989). Norton Priory: the archaeology of a medieval religious house. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 1–3. ISBN 0-521-33054-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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