St Hild (the Old English and Saxon form of St Hilda, c.614-680) was founding Abbess of the monastery at Whitby. Hild was renowned for her wisdom, her integrity and her good deeds. The monastery at Whitby was a ‘double monastery’ where men and women practiced side by side as part of a united whole. Those who trained at Whitby in her time went on to play a role in the evangelisation of the North, including several bishops. According to Bede, Hild’s mother had a vision in which Hild appeared as a jewel which ‘emitted such a brilliant light that all Britain was lit by its splendour’.
The name was chosen to capture our rootedness in the region, a depth of engagement with historic tradition, and a missionary spirit for our times.