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Pilgrim
Pilgrim
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Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 18:09
Welll.......there's the Circle Line.........

Okay, I'm sorry: cheap joke, but fare's fare...

Peace

Pilgrim

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andygreyweather
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Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 22:56
In Buckinghamshire and Middlesex, many a church is built with fragments of some bashed up sarsen thing-a-me-jig built into it; St Andrew's in Kingsbury (Stukeley missed this one but called it's location a Roman fort) and Amersham and Chalfont St Giles to name two others ... Harrow-on-the-hill sees the church built on a temple to Diana (apparently) and what of St Paul's ? Who knows!

I'd love it to be some symbolic use in the sense of it giving some kind of retrogresive energy to our ancestors ... but I would suppose they were just bashed up by a bunch of God-bothers bent on upping a building to do the old 'Ace, King, Queen, Jack ... can you hear me at the back?' routine in ...
Littlestone
Littlestone
5381 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 23:16
>I'd love it to be some symbolic use in the sense of it giving some kind of retrogresive energy to our ancestors ...<

Well, Andy, at the risk of hammering this thread to death, I refer you to the stones under the churches at Pewsey and Alton Priors - a statement is being made there, clear and loud to the people of the time for whom it would have held meaning; what that statement was is the fun bit in this discussion.
Ishmael
683 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 23:20
See Yatesbury church for a very similar comparison to AB.
Re used stones, ancient Yew tree etc
Watch the troll now? Here it comes!
here trollie trollie!
andygreyweather
94 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 23:22
Do trolls have credit cards?
PeterH
PeterH
1180 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 23:23
Not sure I want to get into this one again - the thread is very long and we've said it all before.

First churches in Britain were Roman and after Christianity became the official religion there was no further persecution. Two kinds of paganism were in decline - the Roman stuff of Jupiter and Mithras etc and whatever remained of "Celtic" religion and that was the religion of the un-educated peasants.

Romans buggered off and Saxons pushed in bringing a different kind of paganism. British (or Celtic) Christianity was alive and well in the west but Kent and eastern England had to be re-converted by Rome. Big punch up between the Roman Christians and the British Christians particularly about haircutsand the fixing of Easter. Pope told missionaries to break stone and wooden idols but to reconsecrate the pagan temples or shrines as churches. Some votive stones may have been incorporated in the church fabric and honoured ie placed by the entrance or behind the table (no altars then). Some stones may have been de-paganised by being humbled - ie put in lowly places with church walls over them. Churches in stoneless regions would simply have re-used available stones as building material with no ulterior motive. Many in East Anglia contain Roman brick and tile taken from abandoned villas. The whole of St Albans Cathedral is built with the bricks and tiles of Roman Verulamium.

Stone circles under churches? Where? Alton Priors? No. Churches in or near stone circles? Yes - Avebury, Stanton Drew, Knowlton etc. Why? Continuation of a locally accepted place of worship. However, many more standing stones than we acknowledege must have been seen as very convenient blanks for the carving of high crosses. Think about our tallest - Rudston. What does that mean? It means the Rood Stone and the rood was the Saxon term for the cross.

For a detailed examination of the whole subject see Richard Morris "Churches in the Landscape" Dent 1989 reprinted by Phoenix 1997

Phew!
Ishmael
683 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 23:23
Wot like Masturbator Cards?
smallblueplanet
472 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 23:24
Here I am Petey - I can see now why the guy posted your new home address on this site, I expect he was hoping you'd get a personal visit?
Ishmael
683 posts

Thats Silbury risk assessment thread
Nov 28, 2005, 23:27
is a bit popular innit?
See what happens if you resist feed the feckin troll?
smallblueplanet
472 posts

Re: Thats Silbury risk assessment thread
Nov 28, 2005, 23:30
But you can't resist can you? - so bye! bye! I've had enough, I'll be sure to mention your thoughts if anyone mentions you though.
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