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MONUMENT NO. 195159

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Congresbury may have been the site of a Celtic monastery, and was reputedly refounded as a collegiate church or minster at the beginning of the 8th century. According to Capgrave, a hermit Gungar, with the help of King Ine, circa 711, founded a collegiate church for 12 canons, and King Edgar is said to have further endowed it. Congresbury and Banwell seem to have been the two monasteries granted by King Alfred to Asser, circa 888. There is also a tradition of a bishopric at Congresbury before the bishopric of Athelm of Wells (909). St Congar's body was buried in the monastery. The site is unknown. It may be under or near the later present parish church, although the hillfort at Cadbury Hill has been suggested as an alternative.

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