ICONS depicting King Edward the Martyr — left who met his death at the hands of an assassin over 1.000 years ago, are being distributed by an Orthodox Christian organisation to raise funds to buy a chapel at Brookwood, Surrey.
The King Edward Orthodox Trust was founded earlier in the year to buy the chapel as a place in which St Edward's relics can he kept. The relics were uncovered during an archaeological dig at Shaftesbury Abbey in 1931.
According to experts they had been hurriedly burned there at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. Now they are in the possession of the Orthodox community, which has decided to create a shrine for them.
The community which numbers over a quarter of a million in England, has been offered the 5+-acre Brookwood cemetary which has a chapel in the centre of it. The chapel and cemetery will cost £33,000.