S. Osyth's at Chich
Community ID
St. Osyth
Date Founded
Date Terminated
870 circa
Foundation Information

According to the Vita of St. Osyth, this seventh century Mercian princess was forced to wed Sighere, the East Saxon King. The king did not consumate the marriage but released Osyth and gave her land at Chich on which to found a women's minster. She was murderd by Danish pirates (Veiled Women, vol. 2, 160).

Miscellaneous Information

Several donations were made to St. Osyth's after 870; however, they seem to have been made to the church which was controlled by a succession of individuals and groups--some secular and some religious (See Veiled Women, vol. 2, 160-161 for further discussion of this).

Ruth Robbins
Contributors Notes

This community needs further verification. According to VCH it is doubtful that this priory ever existed in this form.

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