St Mary's Church, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire

April 1997
25 black and white, 98 line illustrations
266 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries
ISBN: 9780851156873
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

St Mary's Church, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire

Fieldwork, Excavations and Structural Analysis, 1971-1984

Philip Rahtz, Lorna Watts, Harold Taylor Lawrence Butler

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A full report on the recent archaeological investigation of one of the most remarkable pre-Conquest buildings in England.
St Mary's Church, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, is one of the most famous Anglo-Saxon churches in the country, incorporating much of a complete Anglo-Saxon building, with a complex pre-Conquest history of additions and alteration. This heavily illustrated book is a full report on recent work at Deerhurst, involving documentary research, structural analysis of the fabric of St Mary's, excavations both within and adjacent to the church, as well as in nearby fields, and a survey of the parish. The new evidence presented here provides a fresh understanding of the Roman background and the Anglo-Saxon monastic estate which developed from it; in particular, the excavations have yielded much data on the church itself, with important implications for its dating. PHILIP RAHTZ is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of York; LORNA WATTS is a freelance archaeologist; HAROLD TAYLOR is the author (with Joan Taylor) of the 3-vol. Anglo-Saxon Architecture; LAWRENCE BUTLER is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York.Other contributors: F. ALDSWORTH, M. ASTON, S. BASSETT, D. CHARLESWORTH, H. CLEERE, A. CROWTHER, R. DALLAS, R. GILCHRIST, M. HARE, C. KING, K. MANCHESTER, N. MAYHEW, J.R. RICHARDS, S.P.Q. RAHTZ, F.W. SHOTTON, A. VINCE Other contributors: LORNA WATTS, the late HAROLD TAYLOR, LAWRENCE BUTLER and MICK ASTON