King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 2

King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 2

Figure 1: Looking east from the land below Athelney towards Burrow Mump on a misty morning. Whilst the land is reclaimed and cultivated nowadays, it was a patchwork of marshes, reeds and flood water. Low islands stood above the wetlands, only accessible by punts and...
King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 1

King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 1

Figure 1: Low-lying mist looking across the Somerset Levels from Aller Church at dawn In this post and the next one I want to concentrate on an area in the Somerset Levels that was a key turning point in the history of Wessex and England. This first post is to provide...
Anglo-Saxon Baluster Shafts: Northamptonshire

Anglo-Saxon Baluster Shafts: Northamptonshire

Figure 1: Belfry Windows with Anglo-Saxon Baluster Shafts at All Saints, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire When looking at Anglo-Saxon churches there are 4 features to look out for: Belfry Windows Triangular-headed doorways or windows Strip-work on wall surfaces...
Anglo-Saxon Stones at Frome

Anglo-Saxon Stones at Frome

Whilst idly wandering around the wonderful Frome Independent Market on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I found myself drawn into St. John The Baptist Church for a brief escape from the hustle and bustle. In the church I came across what appeared to be 2 random Saxon stones...