Tuesday, April 6, 2010

EMAS Easter Study Tour - Day 5

A Day of Anglo-Saxon churches, or architectural fragments thereof,

We started the day with a visit to Repton church, with its wonderful 8th century crypt. The vicar and his wife were very friendly and allowed us to visit their garden – the site of the mass grave excavated by the Biddles.

We then went to Bredon on the Hill. Here the earliest surviving parts of the church are Norman, but there is a wealth of Anglo-Saxon sculpted stone set into the walls of the later church.

After a superb lunch in the Bull’s Head, Repton, we went to Stanton-by-Bridge Church – here most of the visible fabric is Norman, or later, but the long and short quoins at the east of the nave suggest an Anglo-Saxon date for the original church.

Finally, we went to Hough on the Hill. This church has a fine Anglo-Saxon west tower with an interesting round stair turret.