Saint Hildelith of Barking

Also known as

  • Hildelid
  • Hildelida
  • Hildelitha
  • Hildeltha
  • Hildilid
  • Hildelitba



Anglo-Saxon princess; she was well educated, very cultured, and could read Latin. Spent most of her youth in France. Nun at Chelles and Faremoutiers-en-Brie, France. Recalled to England by Saint Erconwald to train his sister, Saint Ethelburga of Barking. Friend of Saint Cuthburgh of Wimborne. When Ethelburga became abbess of Barking Abbey, Hildelith stayed as a nun, and eventually served as abbess there herself. Much admired by Saint Aldhelm of Sherborne, Saint Bede the Venerable and Saint Boniface. Visionary.



  • c.712 of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Hildelith of Barking“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 May 2020. Web. 19 April 2021. <>