Monument record MCC7949 - Colchester - St Botolph's Priory
|Grid reference||TL 9995 2497 (point) (FCE)|
|Non Parish Area||COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX|
Type and Period (3)
Possibly Anglo-Saxon burials have been recovered. <1> <2> Same as Mersea Road cemetery?, or burials reported by Hull east of Priory? (see ).
Aerial photo <3>
St. Botolphs was almost certainly a minster foundation of the Anglo-Saxon period. There is no information regarding the foundation date of the first church on the site, which could be as early as the 7th century. There are also tantalizingly inadequate records of Anglo-Saxon burials being found around St. Botolphs. <4>
St. Botolphs was a late C11 Augustinian foundation which almost certainly regularised a pre-exisitng Anglo-Saxon monastic institution. This combined with its position in a presumed Roman cemetery outside the site of Roman South Gate, makes it very likely that the Priory was based on a Roman cemetery church. <5>
- <1> SEX35475 MENTION: Priddy, DA. unknown. SMR.
- <2> SEX35924 MENTION: Meaney, A. 1964. A Gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites. p86.
- <3> SEX58402 AP: Strachan, David. 1997. CP/97/10/14.
- <4> SEX148 DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. p34-35.
- <5> SEX59330 DESC TEXT: Crummy, P. 1981. Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester.
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Record last edited
Nov 3 2015 11:41AM