Timbo Posted August 18, 2014 Share Posted August 18, 2014 Over this last year I've been delving into the history of Broadland in quite some detail. Not I hasten to add it's more modern history, the fantastic Broadland Memories site has that area brilliantly covered, but history of the ancient variety. You see what started me pondering was a visit to St Benet's Abbey, unusually by car, to retrieve Dylly The Boat's Beagle's (DTBB) tether which I had accidentally forgotten when we had moored Royal Tudor (RT) at the Abbey the previous day for a visit with guests. As my guests had gone for a day out by car in Norwich, and I was unable to find the tether...DTBB and I took the opportunity for an extended 'mooch' around on our own. As we explored the liturgical precepts of the church ruins DTBB pulled one way on his lead as I tripped over a mole hill. On my way to the floor I spotted something out of kilter with the images I had seen of reconstructions of the church. An apse. I spent an hour or so crawling around on my hands and knees...long enough for some kindly soul to check if I had injured myself and needed assistance, whereupon after explaining what I was up to they were also crawling around on their hands and knees. I needed a little more information so once back at home I started searching and quickly retrieved the results of the Geophysical Survey conducted in 1996. Sure enough there in the report is the paragraph "Also, beyond the eastern end of the abbey some very faint linear high resistance anomalies may be discerned, apparently in the shape of an apse. However, any suggestion of a possible apsidal eastern end to the abbey must remain firmly in the realm of conjecture owing to the faintness of the anomaly and the generally poor quality of the resistance measurements obtained on the site." Now this is 'geophys' speak for 'could be, but if you find nowt' we are not to blame...don't cut our portion of the budget'. Here's the interpretive geophysics map...the possible apse feature is marked 11...what do you guys think? My mind is also working along the lines of 'ooh look at the position of the cemetery'! I set to familiarize myself with the general history of the Abbey. The work done and information provided by the Archaeological Trust is exemplary, however as I delved more and more into the records and turned to earlier secondary sources such as the 'Chronica Johannis de Oxenedes' (a chronicle written in Latin by a monk of St Benet's around 1290) I started to get a little disconcerted with the modern accounts of the ancient history of Broadland...as presented to the general public. Particularly with regard some of the propaganda circulating at the time of the dissolution. I'm still beavering away on my own 'History of Broadland' so will report more later if its OK? 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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