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All Saints Church at Brixworth in Northamptonshire is the largest English church that remains substantially as it was in the Anglo-Saxon era. It is designated as a Grade I-listed building and is also considered one of England's outstanding church buildings as well as being the second oldest in the country.

The church is unusually narrow for its height, and we know from excavations that this building was once much wider. This has one of four remaining Anglo-Saxon stair turrets in England. The upper stages of the tower and the spire were added in the 14th century.

I believe that there is compelling evidence in the stonework to say that this started life as a Roman building, several hundred years before the Saxons took it over and converted it into a church. The same thing happened to what is regarded as this country's oldest church, just outside the city walls of Canterbury. That, too, started life as a Roman building.
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  • Taken: Jan 21, 2022
  • Uploaded: Jan 23, 2022
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2022