Ethelflaed, Lady of Mercia

We have recently “adopted” a beautiful stained-glass window which is situated in the Medieval Cloister of Worcester Cathedral in support of the upkeep of this wonderful historic building and its treasures.

Princess Ethelflaed, Lady of Mercia and daughter of King Alfred the Great, was our sponsorship choice out of the many riches to be found in the Cathedral –  along with her husband Ethelred, she fortified Worcester and granted the Cathedral rights of lordship over the City.

A fascinating character, Ethelflaed broke through the glass ceiling to become a tough warrior queen against the Vikings but she was also renowned as a keen negotiator too. Respected as a strong female role model she is buried in St Oswald’s Priory in Gloucester.

Started in 1084, the current Cathedral building has its fair share of treasures and the Dean and Chapter are committed to the upkeep of its fabric both inside and out. To help support the on-going conservation and running costs of the building, the Cathedral is now offering the opportunity to adopt a piece of its history. Options for adopting a piece of history include the beautiful coloured, stained-glass windows in the Medieval Cloister, showing the history of the country, city and Cathedral through famous historical figures. Such figures include early Christian pilgrims and saints, heroes and heroines, kings and queens, and some not-so-saintly characters such as King John!’

For further information please visit the Cathedral Website, e mail: development@worcestercathedral.org.uk or telephone 01905 732946. Worcester Cathedral News, Spring 2020