Our History

St Andrew's Church, Soham

St. Andrew's Church Building

The history of Soham as a religious site dates back as far as AD 650 when St Felix, the "Apostle to the East Angles", founded a monastery here. This was destroyed late in the ninth century by the Danes who burnt the buildings, killed the monks and looted the monastery's treasure.

Soham's importance was restored circa AD 900 when Luttingus, a Saxon nobleman built a cathedral and palace here (predating the cathedral at Ely). The remains of St Felix are said to have rested in Soham until AD 1030 when they were removed in a daring night time raid by boat and taken to Ramsey Abbey (with the blessing of King Cnut). It is recorded that King Cnut stayed in Soham when he visited Ely.

St Andrew's is usually open daily from around 9.15am until 4pm. Visitors are welcome to drop in for prayer and reflection, or to look around our beautiful historic building. Members of the congregation often pop in and will try to answer any questions you may have. There is a guide book on the leaflet shelves near the door.