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ST MARYS CHURCH

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Secular college founded in the Bishopric of Aelfnoth, circa 975, the earliest fabric in the church, in the tower, probably dating from the Bishopric of Eadnoth (1034-1049). The church was built to a cruciform plan, and except for the addition of the North vestry, retains that plan. Altered in 1090, 1150, 1170, in the 13th and early 15th centuries. The chancel was restored in 1850-2 and the remainder in 1864-7. For a brief period between 1091-1109, Benedictine monks were transferred here, in fact being an abbey from 1091-4, but after their removal, it became the parish church. Excavations in 1983 revealed the porticus of the late Saxon church North of the church, and the nave, which was shorter than its Norman successor. The porticus cut 17 earlier inhumations.

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