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Plegmund was Archbishop of Canterbury from 890 to 914. Arms of the see of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior clergyman of the established Church of England and symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ...


Although little is known of the early life of St Plegmund, later Archbishop of Canterbury (890 - 914), he is believed to have lived at Plemstall, Cheshire (on what was at that time an island known as Plegmundeshamm to locals) as a monk hermit, albeit one affiliated to a larger monastic community based either at nearby Chester or possibly near the site of the current church of St Peter's Plemstall. His reputation as a scholar attracted the attention of Ælfræd (or King Alfred the Great) who summoned him to court along with three others renowned for their learning (Wærferth, Bishop of Worcester, Æthelstan and Wærwulf) some time before 887. Onuphrius lived as a hermit in the desert of Upper Egypt in the late 4th century A hermit (from the Greek erÄ“mos, signifying desert, uninhabited, hence desert-dweller) is a person who lives to some greater or lesser degree in seclusion and/or isolation from society. ... Monastery of St. ... Alfred (849? – 26 October 899) (sometimes spelt Ælfred) was king of England from 871 to 899, though at no time did he rule over the whole of the land. ...


Plegmund's election to the Archbishopric is recorded in Manuscript E of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, in a Latin sentence: Hic Plegemundus archiepiscopus a Deo et omni populo electus est (‘In this year Plegmund was chosen as Archbishop by God and all the people’). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals narrating the history of the Anglo-Saxons and their settlement in Great Britain. ...


When Alfred died in 900, Plegmund crowned the king’s son, known as Edward the Elder, whom he continued to serve until his own death in 914. Plegmund was buried in Canterbury Cathedral.


A well associated with Plegmund can be found on Plemstall Lane near to the current site of the fifteenth century church of St Peter's Plemstall.

Religious Posts
Preceded by
Ethelred
Archbishop of Canterbury
890–914
Succeeded by
Athelm

Ethelred was Archbishop of Canterbury between 870 and 889. ... Arms of the see of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior clergyman of the established Church of England and symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... Athelm (d. ...

References:

http://archaeology.kmatthews.net/cheshire/st_plegmund/index.php


External links

Parish history including recent photograph of St Plegmund's well: http://www.mickletrafford.org.uk/history.html

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CFWI - Photo Gallery: St Plegmund's Well Dressing (165 words)
The well was named after Plegmund, a monk who lived in the area in the 9th century.
Plegmund was very scholarly and came to the notice of King Alfred who invited him to court to help with the King’s reforms.
Plegmund subsequently became Primate of All England and during the time wrote some fine examples of Saxon literature.
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