Legend says Saint Urith was born at East Stowford in Swimbridge parish in the English county of Devon. She was a maiden devoted to the religious life. At the urging of an allegedly jealous, and perhaps pagan, stepmother, the local residents of Chittlehampton gruesomely beheaded the girl with a scythe. When she fell to the ground, a spring of water burst from the spot and flowers sprang forth. These last elements of her legend are the same as those found in the Lives of Sidwell and Juthwara. Urith was buried near the site of her martyrdom and a church was later built above her grave. A more likely version of her death suggests she was killed by invading Saxons, although if the traditional 8th century date is correct, this may, in reality, have been an early Viking raid.
Icon reproduced with kind permission of the iconographer, Aidan Hart.