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St Everilda's Church (Church of England) at Everingham, photograph by Stuart and Fiona Jackson.

Saint Everilda (Everildis, Everild, Averil) of Everingham was a Saxon saint of the 7th century who founded a convent at Everingham, in the English county of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

She was converted to Christianity by Saint Birinus, along with King Cynegils of Wessex, in 635. Her legend states that she was of the Wessex nobility. She fled from home to become a nun, and was joined by Saints Bega and Wuldreda. Saint Wilfrid of York made them all nuns at a place called the Bishop's Farm, later known as Everildisham. This place has been identified with present-day Everingham. She gathered a large community of some nine hundred and eighty women.

Veneration

Her name appears in the Martyrology of Usuard as well as in the church calendars of York and Northumbria.

Her feast day is 9 July.

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