Information for record number MWA8409:
Anglo Saxon cross fragment, Whitchurch

Summary Findspot - a fragment of an Anglo Saxon cross shaft, of Early Medieval date, was found at Park House, Whitchurch.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Early medieval (801 AD - 1065 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Whitchurch
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 22 48
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
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1 During a survey of the parish of Whitchurch a section of Anglo-Saxon cross shaft (or arm) of possible 10th or 11th century date was discovered in the flower bed of Park House, Whitchurch. A second Anglo-Saxon carved stone is set into the nave wall of the church (WA 1407). These finds together with the name Whitchurch (white church) and the presence of a priest in 1086 suggest the existence of a stone church of pre-Conquest origin. However, both of the carved stone fragments may have been moved some distance from their original situation.
2 A second decorated Anglo-Saxon oolitic limeston block was recovered during observation in 2004.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: TBAS vol 99
Author/originator: Hingley, R, Hunt, J & Stokes, A
Date: 1995
Page Number: 65-70
Volume/Sheet: 99
Source No: 2
Source Type: Serial
Title: WMA vol. 47, 2004
Author/originator: CBE West Midlands
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 47
Fragment of an Anglo Saxon cross shaft from Whitchurch
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
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source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
source WMA West Midlands Archaeology. This publication contains a short description for each of the sites where archaeological work has taken place in the previous year. It covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. Some of these descriptions include photographs, plans and drawings of the sites and/or the finds that have been discovered. The publication is produced by the Council For British Archaeology (CBA) West Midlands and is published annually. Copies are held at 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 SHAFT * Use only if function unknown, otherwise use specific type. back
monument FLOWER BED * A plot of earth used for the raising of flowers and shrubs. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CARVED STONE * A stone (including standing stones, natural boulders and rock outcrops) decorated with carved motifs. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument PARK * An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CROSS * A free-standing structure, in the form of a cross (+), symbolizing the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified and sacred to the Christian faith. Use specific type where known. back
monument WALL * An enclosing structure composed of bricks, stones or similar materials, laid in courses. Use specific type where known. back

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