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All Saints Church, Seckington

Summary The parish church of All Saints, Seckington. The church was built in the Medieval period, with later alterations in the 14th and 19th centuries. The church is located 75m to the north west of the Seckington Old Hall.
What Is It?  
Type: Church
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Seckington
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SK 26 07
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Listed Building (Grade: II*)
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Chancel, nave, W tower with spire and S porch, all rebuilt early 14th century. tower and spire restored 1883.
2 Chancel is probably of late 13th century origin, although E and S windows date from about 1330, when it was remodelled and the nave, tower and porch rebuilt. tower and spire rebuilt c1883 and other drastic restorations occurred in C19. The first reference to the church is in 1205.
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4 'The mutilated lady' is rumoured to be the grave of the murdered wife of William Burdett, it is said that he murdered his wife when he thought she had committed adultery
5 graves found to SE of churchyard in 1957. Grave slabs in sanctuary. External drains - whole exterior. Ditched feature in garden to N of churchyard. Ridge and furrow to NW, motte and bailey castle to NW. Probably good survival of below-floor deposits except in sanctuary, where there is disturbance by gravel.
6 An archaeological watching brief was maintained during drainage groundworks at All Saints church in May 1997. The relatively shallow human interment encountered on the N side of the church was in marked contrast to the substantial brick-vaulted burial to the S. The evidence of two interments is hardly sufficient as the basis of firm conclusions. Nevertheless, it is possible that part of the churchyard lying immediately to the S of the church was customarily used for the interment of more well-to-do persons while that to the N was allocated at some stage for others.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 4, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1947
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Volume/Sheet: 4
Source No: 4
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: A Survey of the Parish of Seckington
Author/originator: Bond E
Date: 1993
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Source No: 5
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Arch Church Assessment
Author/originator: Hodder M A
Date: 1990
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Source No: 6
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: All Saints Church Seckington: Archaeological Watching Brief
Author/originator: Meeson B
Date: 1997
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Desk Top Study
Title: LBL
Author/originator: DoE
Date: 1951
Page Number: 5
Volume/Sheet: Tamworth Rural
Source No: 3
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: SMR card: photograph
Date: 2005
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designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
source LBL Listed Building List. Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a list. Buildings placed on the list are protected through various planning and conservation acts which ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them. The Listed Buildings List is compiled and maintained by English Heritage. It includes details of where the building is, when it was built, a description of its appearance, and any other special features. back
source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument RIDGE AND FURROW * A series of long, raised ridges separated by ditches used to prepare the ground for arable cultivation. This was a technique, characteristic of the medieval period. back
monument ARCH * A structure over an opening usually formed of wedge-shaped blocks of brick or stone held together by mutual pressure and supported at the sides; they can also be formed from moulded concrete/ cast metal. A component; use for free-standing structure only. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument TOWER * A tall building, either round, square or polygonal in plan, used for a variety of purposes, including defence, as a landmark, for the hanging of bells, industrial functions, etc. Use more specific type where known. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument PARISH CHURCH * The foremost church within a parish. back
monument DRAIN * An artificial channel for draining water or carrying it off. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CASTLE * A fortress and dwelling, usually medieval in origin, and often consisting of a keep, curtain wall and towers etc. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument MOTTE AND BAILEY * An early form of castle consisting of a flat-top steep-sided earthen mound, supporting a wooden tower, and a bailey. back
monument SANCTUARY * A sacred area of a building or a consecrated piece of land. back
monument GRAVE SLAB * A stone used to cover a grave. back
monument CHURCHYARD * An area of ground belonging to a church, often used as a burial ground. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back
monument GARDEN * An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known. back

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