Churches and interpretions

Church photographs with a difference!

Wthere are many church photography sites, most contain little or no historical and archaeological background about the buildings.  Download photographs of churches here, together with interpretive plans, and texts explaining the churches

St Peter and St Paul, West Mersea, Essex

This island minster is first documented  in the tenth century, but is perhaps as old as the seventh.  Photos and plans identify potentially early fabric in what is superficially a late medieval church.  The large west tower has been  called ‘Norman’, but may be pre-Conquest

Coming soon

Aldington, Kent: St Martin’s church and the Archbishop’s manor house

Domesday indicates Aldington was one of the most important manors of the Archbishops of Canterbury in the eleventh century, and the earliest parts of St Martin’s church date from around this time.  The fourteenth century hall of the archiepiscopal manor house is possibly on the site of a much earlier buildings.  There are indications of boundary ditches around the manorial complex, which deserves a far more thorough archaeological investigation.

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Aldington, Kent: St Martin’s church and the Archbishop’s manor house

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