Monument record SEC 001 - South Elmham Minster (Sax)

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Summary

South Elmham Minster. Site sometimes claimed to be the ruins of a C7 Saxon minster, however, the extant remains are those of an early Med church or chapel (see Med record).

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 307 826 (179m by 186m)
Map sheet TM38SW
Civil Parish ST CROSS, SOUTH ELMHAM, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

South Elmham Minster.
Site sometimes claimed to be the ruins of a C7 Saxon minster, the seat of the early Bishops of Elmham - however, the extant remains are those of an early Med church or chapel (see Med record). Excavations in 1963-1964 did produce sherds claimed as Ipswich ware. The excavations also revealed a fragment of a LSax gravestone with interlace decoration built into the foundation of the later church (S1)(S2).
There is a definite Sax site nearby, SEM 007, on top of the hill near South Elmham Hall.
1991: Said to be at risk of falling down (S3).
Also Med & Rom.
Scheduled

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Unpublished document: Survey.
  • <S1> (No record type): Smedley N & Owles E, Excavations at the Old Minster, South Elmham, PSIA, 32, 1970, (1),.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: photographs and drawing of grave slab..
  • <M2> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Suffolk Preservation Society. 1991. Suffolk Preservation Society Survey. Suff Pres Soc Survey, 1991.

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Record last edited

Jun 26 2009 10:14AM

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