St Wite, goddess of Dorset

Who was St Wite? Nobody knows. She is a mystery, and that is part of her power. There are no written historical records of her life. But there is a strong and consistent oral tradition that she was a Saxon woman who lived as a hermit on the cliffs near her sacred well. She offered a light to ships at sea and was killed defending the local people against a Viking raid. Soon after her martyrdom, King Alfred the Great built a church to honour her remains.

I recently wrote an article for Sharon Blackie’s Hedge School blog about St Wite. I also made a short video to go with the piece.

You can read the piece and see the video on The Hedge School blog here.

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