St. Etheldreda's

14 Ely Place. (Open Map)


London's oldest Catholic church

St. Etheldreda's is the oldest Catholic church in England, and it is dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon sain Æthelthryth, (Princess Etheldreda, daughter of King Anna). Only two buildings dating from Edward I's reign survived in London, and St. Etheldreda's is one of them.

St. Etheldreda's has a rich history. It was once the most influential places in London, particularly From about 1250 to 1570 when the church was the town chapel of the Bishops of Ely. The church is also mentioned in two of Shakespeare's works: Richard II and Richard III.