St Andrew's Church, Ashingdon

Church Details


Visited
09/01/2004 & 11/01/2004
Locking Status
Locked - no keyholder details
Built
c. 1300

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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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The small tower is heavily buttressed, and is constructed of 
Kentish ragstone, like many others in this area.

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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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The Y-traceried window, which probably dates from around 1300.

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Ashingdon church, shortly after sunset.

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Unfortunately, the church was closed when I went, but some 
obliging windows made the following views possible.

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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 being
Hadstock, near Ashdon. Hadstock St Botolph's website will tell 
you more on that church's claim
here.

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

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