Life is busy at the moment, the 'gang master' LS has to find my duties for the day!.. Lester has come and gone and painted brown wooden windowsills with white paint - yikes, and a removal man is coming this afternoon to quantify what is to be removed, though we have not as yet put the house on the market. So be it, so in that short time between now and coffee, I go through old blogs and start to assemble them in some sort of order..... Basically an Essex order, though Deorham of course is in Wiltshire.
Battles come to mind Deorham in Wiltshire, and Bryhtnoth in Maldon, but I realise I want to bring together the Essex churches as well. So the medieval Mundon Church, and then there is the Saxon church of Greenstead not forgetting Great Canfield Church with its Norse influence.
Great Canfield Church
The Battle of Maldon
The Battle of Deorham
St.Botulph's Church - puddingstone
Broomfield Saxon burial at the church as well, here I have collected a lot of notes but not the picture of the 'pyramidal stud' mentioned as being housed at the British Museum, if I had the time I would see patterns emerging from these rich burials. Prittlewell Saxon Burial comes to mind, as does the Street House, Loftus, North Yorks as well.
Broomfield Saxon Burial
There is of course the reuse of Roman tile to be seen in so many Essex churches, the use of the black puddingstone, is that a prehistoric trait? and of course talking about prehistory what of the Alphamstone church stones buried in the fabric of the wall and scattered around the graveyard, are there similar patterns to be found at the Alton Prior church in Wiltshire?
The Arts of Early England 1915
Why did the Anglo Saxon not become more British?