Conference on St Guthlac

CROWLAND ABBEY: Ready for anniversary ' the Rev Charles Brown.
CROWLAND ABBEY: Ready for anniversary ' the Rev Charles Brown.

A major international conference in London in April next year will be devoted to 1300 years of St Guthlac of Crowland.

Crowland Abbey Church that bears the name of the saint will also celebrate the life and times of St Guthlac, but the Rev Charles Brown said details of the commemoration are still being worked out.

He’s delighted the saint is the subject of an academic conference.

The conference, at the University of London’s Senate House, has been organised by The Institute of English Studies and the university’s Institute of Historical Research.

It will look at topics such as the legend of Guthlac, the Exeter Book poems, and Guthlac and Benedictism.

The abbey church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Bartholowmew and St Guthlac.

“We are unusual in that we have not just one patron saint but three,” said Mr Brown.

He said Guthlac came to the area to live as a hermit – a solitary life of prayer – when Crowland was just an island in the Fens.

Mr Brown said: “He developed a reputation as a very holy man.”