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St Andrew's Church, Ashingdon

 

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CHURCH DETAILS


Visit Dates: 09/01/2004 & 11/01/2004

Locking Status: Locked - no keyholder details

Build Date: c. 1300


 

EXTERNAL IMAGES


St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - There has, for many years, been some controversy over the actual location of the battle that saw King Cnut of Denmark triumph over Edmund Ironside, King of England. What is know is that this battle took place on 18 October 1016, at a place called Assandun. It is also known that around four years after this battle, King Cnut had a minster built at the site, where prayers for the souls of those killed on both sides were to be offered. This minster was constructed 'of stone and lime'.The brick East wall of the chancel can be dated to around 1500, due to black diapering, just visible here. The brick south window in the nave is 18th century.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - The small tower is heavily buttressed, and is constructed of Kentish ragstone, like many others in this area.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - This small W tower is only about half the width of the nave. It is diagonally buttressed with a pyramid roof.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - The Y-traceried window, which probably dates from around 1300.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - Ashingdon church, shortly after sunset.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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INTERNAL IMAGES


St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - Unfortunately, the church was closed when I went, but some obliging windows made the following views possible.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church

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MISCELLANEOUS IMAGES


St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - It seems apparent, that the present building dates from a time no earlier than c1300, and therefore those who make claim to this being a minster profess that it is a successor to the original building called for by King Cnut. Whether this parish was the place where the battle took place is unknown. There is another possible location of the battle, this beingHadstock, near Ashdon. Hadstock St Botolph's website will tell you more on that church's claimhere.

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St Andrew, Ashingdon Church - This image shows the view across to Canewdon church, which is almost exactly two miles as the crow flies.

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