In the 7th century Christianity came to Burton-on-Trent in the form of a nun who became known as St Modwen. St Modwen built a wooden church and small settlement on an island in the middle of the river Trent, the name of that island Andresey.
St Modwen spent seven years at Burton-on-Trent, together with two other Irish nuns called Lazar and Althea. They are credited with performing many miracles on this Andresey Island. A well there was said to have special healing properties particularly those connected with the eyes. St Modwen and her companions also went on a pilgrimage to Rome and on their return built another church nearby at Stapenhill, near to where St Peter's Church now stands.
St Modwen journeying to Langfortin in Scotland where she died, but her body was returned to Burton-on-Trent for burial.
Unfortunately the wooden church and the shrine to St Modwen on Andresey Island was destroyed by the Danes around 874AD.
In 1004AD Wulfric Spot, (Earl of Mercia) founded a Benedictine Abbey on the banks of the River Trent, near to the site of St Modwen's first church. Wulfric Spot removed the remains and relics of St Modwen from Andresey Island and placed them within a shrine in the Abbey Church.
Hence are derived the connections between the three Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire lodges.
Abbey Lodge No 624 - Our mother lodge
St Modwen's Lodge No 4850 - our sister lodge
Andresey Lodge No 6408
So although Abbey Lodge is the oldest, St Modwen's Lodge next and Andresey Lodge the youngest, in history Andresey is the oldest, St Modwen next and Abbey the youngest.