church in 1912]]Leofwynn of Bishopstone also known as Lewinna or Leofwynn, was a seventh century female saint of Anglo-Saxon England, floruit 664–673 AD.[1][2] She was active under King Ecgberht of Kent, and died in 669 AD.

In 1058, a monk named Balger, from the Flemish monastery of Bergues, travelling by boat down the coast was blown into nearby Seaford during a nocturnal storm on Easter Saturday,[3] and stole her reliquary from the local Minster (perhaps Lewes).[4][5]


  1. Bishopstone, The landscape and settlement of a reclaimed tidal inlet.
  2. Blair, J.; Millard, A. (1992). "An Anglo-Saxon Landmark Rediscovered". Oxoniensia. 57: 342–8.
  3. Acta Sanctorum: Julii V (Antwerp, 1727), 608-27; extracts re-edited by O. Holder-Egger in M.G.H.
  4. Blaauw, W. H. (1848). "On the translation of St. Lewinna from Seaford, in 1058". Sussex Archaeological Collections. 1: 46–54.
  5. Scriptores, XV.2 (Hannover, 1888), 782-9.

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