St Etheldreda's Church

St Etheldreda's Church, Ely Place
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Exterior of St Etheldreda's as viewed from Ely Place
St Etheldreda's Church, Ely Place is located in City of Westminster
St Etheldreda's Church, Ely Place
St Etheldreda's Church, Ely Place
Location of church within Westminster, London
51°31′07″N 0°06′27″W / 51°31′07″N 0°06′27″W / 51.5187; -0.1074
LocationHolborn, London
DedicationSt Etheldreda
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade I
Interior of St Etheldreda's Upper Church, facing east towards the altar

St Etheldreda's Church is in Ely Place, off Charterhouse Street in Holborn, London. The Roman Catholic church is dedicated to Æthelthryth, or Etheldreda, the Anglo-Saxon saint who founded the monastery at Ely in 673. In the 17th century it served as an embassy chapel for English Catholics, It was the chapel of the London residence of the Bishops of Ely.

It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in England, and one of two surviving buildings in London dating from Edward I's reign. The chapel was purchased by the Catholic Church in 1874 and opened in 1878.


Audio description of the church by Julie Etchingham

St Etheldreda's consists of a chapel, or upper church, and a crypt or undercroft and is active and used for Masses, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Because Etheldreda was often invoked for help with infections of the throat, the Blessing of the Throats is held annually at the chapel.

The Catholic chapel at the United States Military Academy, West Point, is modelled on St Etheldreda's.[citation needed]