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St Mary the Virgin Church- Brancaster

The principle structures of this church are the typical 14th century arcading and the grandiose 15th century tower. But there was a church here in earlier times and it is proved by two important items of evidence of Christianity.


In 1960 a Romano-British cemetery was excavated near here and some Christian burials were found about 4th/5th century and in Saxon times King Edgar conveyed the patronage of the church to the Abbey of Ramsey. Also the amount of ironbound conglomerate throughout the building indicates almost certainly a Saxon building on this site. Remains of two Norman windows have been found in the south side of the west end of the chancel. They have been dated as 12th century and are blocked in with stone from the Roman Fort of Branodunum which was situated half a mile east of the church (and whose commander was the Count of the Saxon Shore).

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