Feast Days in Medieval England

Jennifer asked a question about Feast days… so here is a list of the main ones in Medieval England, for the year 1200 – since as Les noted, Easter floats. The ones in blue are not crucial.


Feast Days

25th December

Christmas Day

26th December

St Stephen

17th December

St John the Evangelist

28th December


29th December

St Thomas Becket

31st December

St Silvester

1 January

Octave of Christmas

6th January


20th January

Sts Fabian and Sebastian

21st  January

St Agnes

22nd January

St Vincent

2nd February

Purification of the Virgin Mary (Candlemas)

5th February

St Agatha

25th February

St Matthias

12th March

St Gregory

21st March

St Benedict

25th March


9th April


23rd April

St George

1st May

Sts Phillip and James

15-17th May

Rogation days

18th May


28th May


11th June

St Barnabas

24th June

St john the Baptist

29th June

Sts Peter and Paul

20th July

St Margaret

22nd July

St Mary Magdalene

25th July

St James

10th August

St Lawrence

15th August

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

24th August

St Bartholomew

29th August

Beheading of St John the Baptist

8th September

Nativity of the Virgin Mary

14th September

Exaltation of the Cross

21st September

St Matthew

9th October

St Denis

28th October

Sts Simon and Jude

1st November

All Saints

11th November


22nd November

St Cecilia

30th November

St Andrew

6th December

St Nicholas

13th December

St Lucy

21st December

St Thomas the Apostle

11 thoughts on “Feast Days in Medieval England

  1. Thank you! I guess I am right to complain about only having 11 holidays a year. However I am willing to give a number of holidays to keep flush toilets.

    1. Not quite sure that was true. Farming at that point was famous for its inefficiency. Peasants often worked under the rubric of “you pretend to pay me and I’ll pretend to work”. Tending to the Manor Farm would have likely taken no more than 100 days. Personal plots and other tasks took up the feast days.

  2. I have a reference in a piece of litigation dated 1685 which refers to the “ffeast day of St: Ldellen and the ffeast day of St: Martin the Bishop”. Now the later is obviously St. Martin of Tours on Martinmas, but what is the former. I’ve probably misread the writing but can you make any suggestions. I suspect the former is about six months distant from the latter as the litigation talks about “equall portons”.

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