Record Details

NHER Number:10451
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of Saxon church, Seething

Summary

A monument stands here, on the supposed site of the former Saxon church of Seething. It resembles a huge church pinnacle set on a square brick base, but was probably purpose made. There are two inscription plaques; the only words that could be made out were ‘Erected....AD....58’. It is possible that a church did once stand here as the Domesday Book does mention two churches in Seething and there are reports that human remains have been unearthed in this area.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 3183 9846
Map Sheet:TM39NW
Parish:SEETHING, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

'Monument on site of church' - Ordnance Survey.
'?Medieval skulls WBM' marked on NCM maps.
Domesday Book refers to two churches at Seething.
(S1) states only that the missing church 'had saxon origins'.
(S2) states that it was destroyed by the Danes in 584(!) and that human skeletons 'have been found nearby'.
The monument gives no information as it is a plain obelisk with no inscription - information from J. J. Wymer (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU) 3 January 1985.

Appropriate section from reference (S3) in file.

However, [1] states that the monument does have very faint inscriptions, now illegible, which seem to have been reused from an older version.
E. Rose (NLA) 22 January 2002.

The monument stands on one of two hillocks separated by a deep hollow way. It resembles a huge church pinnacle set on a square brick base, but was probably purpose made. There are two inscription plaques; the only words that could be made out were "Erected....AD....58".
E. Rose (NLA) 9 March 2002.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Seething.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1931. The Ruined Churches of Norfolk.
<S2>Serial: Bryant, T.H.. 1900. Norfolk Churches.. Vol 6.
<S3>Publication: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology, 51. Microfiche 5:G12.

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