Felix of Burgundy, also known as Felix of Dunwich
is a saint widely credited as the man who introduced
Christianity to East Anglia in Eastern England.
He arrived in England sometime around AD 615 in the
hamlet of Babingley, Norfolk via the River Babingley
and made his way to Canterbury where he was ordained
as a Bishop about 630 or 631 by the Archbishop
of Canterbury, Honorius, at the request of King Sigebert
of East Anglia.
He is recorded by Bede as having formed his episcopal
see at Dommoc which is widely taken to mean Dunwich
on the Suffolk coast, although other historians have
suggested an alternative site at Walton, Suffolk near
Felixstowe, where a church and priory were dedicated
to him by Roger Bigod in 1105. Soon afterwards, he
established a church and school at Domnoc and also
founded the abbey of Soham in Cambridgeshire. He was
widely seen as being something of a bridge-builder
between the Roman and Celtic traditions of Christianity.
St Felix is said to have died on 8 March 647 or
648, later celebrated as his feast day. He was
bishop for seventeen years.
His body was interred at Soham Abbey but this was
pillaged by the Vikings in 869 and his tomb desecrated.
During the reign of Cnut his remains were again moved
to Ramsey Abbey on the Fens. He was succeeded as Bishop
by Thomas, a Fenman.