Category Archives: Church

Kingston upon Thames: ‘Where England Began’, and bad history for good (and not-so-good) causes?

The following post follows on from this one, and concludes (for the time being at least) my look at Anglo-Saxon-period Kingston upon Thames that began with this paper. Kingston upon Thames as a 21st-century town wears its “Anglo-Saxon” history more … Continue reading

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1307 and all that: Puttenham in the Register of Bishop Henry Woodlock

My fourth and final post for Puttenham Church Week (now ticking towards being a fortnight – maybe next time around I should avoid any embarrassment by calling the next instalment a Surrey Medieval … Spectacular?) takes us to the early years of the … Continue reading

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Just how old is Puttenham church?

In March 2015, the Medieval Studies Forum of the Surrey Archaeological Society held a study day of two halves: one part dedicated to moated sites, the other to church sites. I prepared a paper discussing the siting of Puttenham church … Continue reading

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Hidden in plain sight: a fifteenth-century grave-slab rediscovered in Puttenham church

(So, in the end, Puttenham Church Week got away from me! Only one post done and dusted within the week, but stacks of work done on the three – yes, three – others I had planned. They were all more … Continue reading

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It’s Surrey Medieval’s Puttenham Church Week! An introduction to the parish church of St John Baptist

Every so often, I elect to make my life a little bit difficult by devising and binge-writing a week’s worth of posts under the banner of a “Surrey Medieval … Week”. So far I’ve done some of the simplest statistical analyses … Continue reading

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From Eliopoleos to Sunbury-on-Thames, and the mystery of ‘sunnan hyg’

A couple of years ago, in my first flush of excitement at doing a Master’s degree involving a substantial slice of Old English, I wrote two blog posts linking the Surrey place-names Wanborough and Clandon with hitherto-unacknowledged literary references from … Continue reading

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Puttenham church: new research, and a new church guide

One thing I’ve been involved in over the past few months has been the production of a new visitor guide for Puttenham church. It’s been an educational experience knocking the first draft into shape over several revisions, and making sure the contents … Continue reading

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