18 Jun St Kenelm
Please join us to celebrate and honour St Kenelm.
Saint Kenelm was an Anglo-Saxon saint, venerated throughout medieval England, and mentioned in the Canterbury Tales. William of Malmesbury, writing in the 12th century, recounted that “there was no place in England to which more pilgrims travelled than to Winchcombe on Kenelm’s feast day”.
We will celebrate the boy king’s life and death in 819, 1200 years later… Join us at various points throughout the day, 17 July.
Starting at Hailes Church , GL54 5HU at 10.30. Hailes Church is on the B4632 between Winchcombe and Toddington. The church has limited parking.
Then on to Hailes Abbey which is opposite the church. (11.15) Entry charges apply.
An alternative would be a visit to Sudeley Castle.
If staying in the Hailes area, please join us for lunch at Hayles Fruit Farm, a short walk from the church and Abbey. (12.30) It would be advisable to book ahead with your choice so as to keep to the timetable.
Then on to St Kenelm’s Well. (2.30) This part of the journey can be made on foot by following the Salt Way and should take about an hour. Finial Press produce a beautiful hand drawn map, extract here.
www.finial-press.co.uk or ordinance survey map number OL 45 in the Explorer Range.
If you wish to go by car, head for Sudeley Castle and park there. Walk out on to Castle St ( a steep hill at this point) by turning right and carry on until you see a sign for St Kenelms. Follow the path until you reach the well. Parking near the well is strictly by arrangement.
Following the Celebration of St Kenelm’s life in words and music we will proceed into Winchcombe for refreshments. (Venue to be announced).
We acknowledge the kind permission of Lady Ashcombe and the help of staff at Sudeley Castle.
All activities at own risk. For more information call Cressida Pryor on 07791004649.
This event has been organised by Marking the Year, an informal group of people in Winchcombe interested in local history and traditions. Illustration of St Kenelm by KT Morgan.
Like to know more about St Kenelm? There is a free exhibition in the room below Winchcombe Museum until 27 July. Also you may like to watch our St Kenelm play.