Monument record MLI23519 - The site of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Crowland


The site of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Crowland that was detroyed by the Vikings.

Type and Period (2)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age - 714 AD to 870 AD)
  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age - 714 AD to 870 AD)

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Full Description

PRN23519 THIS IS THE RECORD FOR THE MIDDLE ANGLO-SAXON MONASTERY AT CROWLAND THAT WAS DESTROYED BY THE VIKINGS IN ABOUT AD870. St Guthlac is believed to have arrived in AD699, establishing a hermitage composed of an oratory, a guesthouse and a number of cells for himself and his followers. These structures are thought to have been scattered over the whole of the original peninsula of Crowland, in some cases superimposed on the remains of pre-Christian burial mounds, as at Anchor Church House. Some of the buildings of this eremitical monastery, in particular the oratory and the cell of St Guthlac, are linked by medieval tradition to the site of the later abbey church. Traditionally the house was founded by King Ethelbald in 714. It was destroyed by the Danes in 870 and re-founded as a Benedictine abbey in the mid-tenth century. {1}{11} The legally protected scheduled monument includes the ruins of part of the abbey church, the buried remains of the Anglo-Saxon hermitage, the monastery, medieval monastic buildings, and the earthworks of the civil war defences (22051). Excluded from the scheduling are the walls and fabric of the present parish church and its tower, though not the ruins attached to them; the church yard walls and gateways, which are listed; and all gravestones, 161 of which are listed; the ground beneath these features is, however, included. In the south-western part of the churchyard, which is still in use as a cemetery, the graves, gravestones and earth to a depth of 2m, are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath this depth is included. {11}

Sources/Archives (11)

  •  Index: OS CARD INDEX. CROWLAND. TF 21 SW:1,1965, D.A..
  •  Article in Serial: CLAPHAM A W. 1932. ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL. VOL 89 P 349-51.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. VOL 2 P 105-18.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: D. Knowles and R.N. Hadcock. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses: England and Wales - First Edition. P 63.
  •  Index: SMR FILE. CROWLAND. TF 21 SW:G -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Nikolaus Pevsner and John Harris. 1964. Buildings of England: Lincolnshire (First Edition). -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William White. 1856. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire - Second Edition. pp 822-23.
  •  Scheduling Record: HBMC. AM 7. SAM 263.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Hayes, P. P. and Lane, T. W.. 1992. The Fenland Project No.5: Lincolnshire Survey, the South-West Fens. GAZ CRO42 PP202-4.
  •  Scheduling Record: ENGLISH HERITAGE. 1994. REVISED SCHEDULING DOCUMENT 22613. MPP 23.
  •  Unpublished Document: MOORE, REV J.. PARISH FILE. CROWLAND. -.



Grid reference TF 2430 1030 (point)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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