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St Mary and All Saints Church, Whalley, Lancashire. Archaeological Watching Brief.

Bullock, Vicki (2009) St Mary and All Saints Church, Whalley, Lancashire. Archaeological Watching Brief. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Whalley Parish Church commissioned Oxford Archaeology North (OA North) to undertake an archaeological watching brief within the grounds of St Mary and All Saints Church, Whalley, Lancashire (NGR centred SD 73250 36179). The church is a Grade I Listed Building (NMR No 44507). The proposals were to insert a kitchen to the rear of the north aisle, to insert a lavatory in an extension to the north porch, and to move the ‘Warden’s Pew’ to a position to the east of the north porch, together with a number of Victorian pews. Due to the high archaeological potential Lancashire County Archaeology Service (LCAS) produced a project brief requesting that prior to any works a photographic record was to be undertaken of the interior, showing the pews and elements of the church which would be affected. The brief also requested that the groundworks were to be carried out under permanent archaeological supervision. The work was undertaken between August and October 2009, in accordance with an OA North project design. Whalley is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 798 (Farrer and Brownbill 1911) and sculptured crosses in the churchyard are thought to date from the ninth to eleventh centuries (LHER 185). Furthermore, the present church of St Mary is said to have been built on the site of an eighth century church (LHER 724) and a later Norman structure. According to the Victoria County History, prior to 1818 the churchyard was unenclosed and possibly surrounded by cottages (op cit). Fell also notes that “….in the churchyard for centuries, stalls were set up and fairs held” (Fell 1979, 20).

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Lancashire
Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4445
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 10:33
Last Modified:25 Oct 2018 10:33

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