ESSEX PATRON SAINTS
LOCAL PATRON SAINTS
Our County of Essex is one of only 11 English counties with a patron saint :
The patron saint of Essex is - Saint Cedd.
Other counties include : Berkshire - Birinius; Cornwall - Piran & Petroc; Devon - Nechtan and Petroc; Hereford - Dubricius; Kent - Augustine; Oxfordshire - Fideswide; Suffolk - Edmund; Sussex - Wilfred; Wiltshire - Osmund; Yorkshire - Wilfred; Regions include : East Anglia - Edmund; Mercia - Chad; Northumbria - Cuthbert & Oswald; Wessex - Aldhelm & Swithun.
There are very few towns in England with a patron saint.
But, 3 towns (some say 4 or more) with a patron saint are in modern day Essex :
Colchester has : Saint Helen;
Brentwood has : Saint Thomas a Becket;
Harwich has : Saint Nicholas; the patron saint of sailors, seafarers & children.
Other towns with prominent saints are :
The City of London has : Saint Paul, Saint Mellitus, Saint Erkenwald
and several other Essex saints - All of London was once part of Essex;
The City of Westminster has : Saint Peter - Westminster and all of Greater London London was once part of Essex;
Bradwell and Othona have : Saint Cedd;
Barking has : Saint Ethelburgh - Barking was once part of Essex until 1964;
Greensted has : Saint Edmund;
St Osyth has : Saint Osyth;
Southend on Sea is dedicated to : Saint Mary (Prittlewell);
Chelmsford is dedicated to : Saint Mary, Saint Peter and Saint Cedd;
Rayleigh is dedicated to : The Holy Trinity;
Rochford is dedicated to : Saint Andrew.
Saint Cedd - is the patron saint of : Essex;
Saint Paul - is the patron saint of : City of London (once entirely part of Essex);
Saint Helen - is the patron saint of : Colchester;
Saint Thomas a Becket - is the patron saint of : Brentwood;
Saint Nicholas - is the patron saint of : Harwich;
Saint Anne Line - is the saint from : Great Dunmow;
Saint John Houghton - is the saint from : Terling;
William Timmes / Tyms - executed in Bloody Mary's reign - was curate of Hockley.
Saint Edmund - is the patron saint of : East Anglia and the East of England Region;
Saint Edmund - was the patron saint of England - for 800 years until during the mid 1600's;
Saint George - is the current patron saint of : England - for about the last 400 years;
Saint Catherine - is the patron saint of : Europe.