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Image of St. Etheldreda Pilgrim Badge
Image of St. Etheldreda Pilgrim Badge
Image of St. Etheldreda Pilgrim Badge

St. Etheldreda Pilgrim Badge


St Etheldreda Pilgrim Badge

St.Etheldreda (or Audrey), was Abbess of the convent she had founded at Ely in the 7th century on the site now occupied by Ely Cathedral. Pilgrimage to her shrine was popular throughout the 14th and 15th centuries and fairs were held on her feast days. At these fairs cheap trinkets, known as ‘tawdry wares’ were sold - the word tawdry being a contraction of St Audrey. This pilgrim badge shows St.Etheldreda holding a book and Abbess’s crosier from which hang a pair of fetters. The latter alluding to a popular miracle where St.Etheldreda delivered a man from a London jail.

Original found in London 14th - 15th century.

2.8cmx6.2cm Depicting a crowned St Etheldreda holding a bible, crosier and fetters.

Made from lead free pewter

  • St Etheldreda Pilgrim Badge

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