Wilfrid

(St.). Patron saint of bakers, being himself of the craft. (634-709.)

St. Wilfrid's Needle
is a narrow passage in the crypt of Ripon cathedral, built by Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury, and used to try whether virgins deserve the name or not. It is said that none but virgins can pass this ordeal.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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