Saxon Settlement

Saxons at Barbers Point

The Saxon settlement appears to date from the beginning of the eighth century, some fifty years after St Botolph built his minster at Iken and a hundred years after the Saxon cemeteries at Snape and Friston were in use. The site was an enclosure, surrounded by V shaped ditches, of nearly an eighth of an acre in size. There is evidence of at least three post-hole-constructed buildings, one possibly a chapel, and there were probably more. There were two burials on the site, one dated to c740 AD, the other to c810 AD. The earlier grave is thought to have been that of a female aged between 18 and 25. Groups of upright timbers in the mud bordering the site could have been part of a fish trap, maybe a trackway across the mud, or even a quay. The site showed no evidence of burning, which might have been associated with the Viking raid reputed to have attacked St Botolph’s minster in 841 AD.

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David Gillingwater of Herring Bone Design.