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The St Cuthbert Window

A7 St Hilda

This tracery panel was designed and made by J.W. Knowles under the direction of Rev. J.T. Fowler in 1886-8. It shows St Hilda (614-80), an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman and Abbess of Whitby. She was related to the Northumbrian and East Anglian royal families, and was baptised into Christianity by St Paulinus (shown in panel A1) alongside St Edwin, King of Northumbria (shown in panel A3). Aged 33, she became a nun and founded the Abbey of Whitby, a double-monastery, where she served as Abbess.