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Botolph, Mounted Icon Print
Saint Botolph of Iken, also known as Botwulf of Thorney, or Botulf; died around 680 AD. He was an English abbot and saint. He is the patron saint of travellers and the various aspects of farming. His feast day is celebrated either on 17th of June,in England or the 25th of June, in Scotland. There are many English churches dedicated to St. Botolph, withs a high concentration of dedications in East Anglia. The Stump, in the Lincolnshire town of Boston, is one of the most famous. Boston, or 'Botwulf's town' also gave Boston, Massachusetts its name. St Botolph's Priory in Colchester, Essex, which was the first Augustinian religious house in England, was built on an earlier Saxon church dedicated to St Botolph. In his role as a patron saint of travellers, four City of London churches were dedicated to him, all of which were close to gates in the City walls. St Botolph Billingsgate, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, which was never rebuilt; St Botolph Aldersgate and St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, where the poet John Keats was baptised; and St Botolph's Aldgate. It is believed that these dedications were made because the churches provided places for incoming travellers to give thanks for their safe arrival and for outgoing travellers to pray for a safe journey. An alternative possibility is that the churches were dedicated to the saint because his relics came through the four gates when Edgar moved them from Iken to Westminster Abbey. Mounted Ikon Print. Size: 10 x 14cm