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The Anglo-Saxon Churches of East Anglia

Burnham Overy church (Dr Richard Hoggett)

with Dr Richard Hoggett

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 22nd October, 2011

A consideration of the documentary, architectural, and archaeological evidence for the Anglo-Saxon churches of East Anglia.

The Anglo-Saxon period saw two main waves of church foundation. The first was associated with the conversion and gave rise to the network of missionary stations and minster churches which established the Anglo-Saxon ecclesiastical framework. The second wave of foundations occurred during the Late Saxon period, when the minster system fragmented, numerous local churches were founded and the parochial system was established. Therefore, by Domesday some churches had been in existence for 400 years, many others were still comparatively new foundations and some had yet to be built.
This day-school examines the various forms of documentary, architectural and archaeological evidence which can be used to gain an insight into the Anglo-Saxon churches of East Anglia. Subjects to be covered include the evidence contained in Domesday Book and other documentary sources, church dedications to Anglo-Saxon saints, extant examples of Anglo-Saxon architecture, and the archaeological remains excavated beneath churches and collected from church environs.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Introduction: The Church in Anglo-Saxon East Anglia  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Documentary Evidence  
  12.45 Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)  
  14:00 The Architectural Evidence  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Archaeological Evidence and Conclusions  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Richard Hoggett

Richard is currently the Coastal Heritage Officer for Norfolk County Council's Historic Environment Service, in which capacity he works with coastal communities to encourage the study and recording of the county's rich heritage. During the last ten years he has taught extensively for the University of East Anglia and has given lectures and day-schools for many other institutions. He is the honorary editor of Norfolk Archaeology.

Richard’s PhD. examined the historical and archaeological evidence for the spread of Christianity throughout the East Anglian landscape. A book based on his research - The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion - was published by Boydell in 2010. He is currently working on a follow-up volume about the Anglo-Saxon churches of East Anglia.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Batcock, N., The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk, East Anglian Archaeology 51 (Gressenhall 1991)
Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford 2005)
Butler, L. & Morris, R. (eds), The Anglo-Saxon Church, CBA Research Report 60 (London 1986)
Foot, S., Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England, c.600–900 (Cambridge 2006)
Gallyon, M., The Early Church in Eastern England (Lavenham 1973)
Hoggett, R., The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion (Woodbridge 2010)
Morris, R., Churches in the Landscape (London, 1989)
Morris, R., The Church In British Archaeology, CBA Research Report 47 (York 1983)
Rodwell, W., The Archaeology of Churches (Stroud 2005)
Taylor, H. & Taylor, J., Anglo-Saxon Architecture, 2 vols (Cambridge 1965)
Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. (eds.), The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991)


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