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Friday, March 4, 2011

Saxon Church of St Laurence in Bradford-on-Avon

The date of construction of the Saxon Church of St Laurence (see below) in Bradford-on-Avon is the subject of much debate. Estimates range from the early eighth century AD (the church may have been founded by Saint Aldhelm around 700 AD) to the mid-eleventh century. Written evidence suggests that the building should be dated to the early eighth century, but stylistically, the late tenth or early eleventh century is more likely. Today, the Saxon Church of St Laurence is recognized as one of the gems of Anglo-Saxon architecture.

Saxon Church of St Laurence in Bradford-on-Avon
The Saxon history of the church was recognized in 1856 by Canon Jones, Vicar of Bradford during some repairs on the building when he discovered the 'Bradford Angels' (see below).

Saxon Church of St Laurence in Bradford-on-Avon
The Saxon Church of St Laurence is located on Church Street in Bradford-on-Avon. Visitors to the Saxon Church of St Laurence may also want to view the adjacent Norman era Holy Trinity Church, or see the nearby Abbey Mill or Town Bridge.

Saxon Church of St Laurence in Bradford-on-Avon Map

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