ST. ANDREW'S, GREENSTED

 

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File:Edmundbeingmartyred05.jpg          Saint Edmund

 

Saint Edmund's body was first buried in Greensted church near Ongar. Many years later, his body was moved, possibly in 902 or 903 AD, 34 years after his death, but some documents say that his body was exhumed from Greensted and moved to Bury in 1013, 144 years and perhaps in 1020, as much as 150 years after his death, said to be after a memorial church shrine was built at Beadoriceworth, later called Bedrichesworth and later still called Bury St Edmunds. In fact, King Canute had the sanctuary built in Bury in 1020 to house Saint Edmund's body. After Edmund was exhumed at Greensted, it was found that his head was now firmly attached to his neck and despite the long burial, the skin and hair of Saint Edmund was undamaged as if he were sleeping.