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Author Hinton, Ian
Title The alignment and location of medieval rural churches / Ian Hinton
Imprint Oxford, England : Archaeopress, 2012
book jacket
 傅{21426  WX DA90 B223  v.560    AVAILABLE    30530001228824
Descript x, 168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series BAR British series ; 560
BAR British series ; 560
Note "It has been variously considered that churches faced east for liturgical reasons or reasons of Christian religious belief; that they faced Jerusalem; that they faced sunrise on the day that building work started; or that they faced sunrise on their patronal-saint's feast day, and, in the cases where nave and chancel were aligned differently, that this represented religious symbolism; etc. This study investigates the many reasons for alignment variances in medieval English churches and explores whether the differing alignments have any specific meaning, and the scope of the survey allows statistically significant conclusions to be drawn from the results. A further element of the study considers the location of rural churches. In the past it has always been assumed that a church was built in, or close to, the village or estate that it served, but as a secondary action. This work explores the timing of the adoption of the sites that now contain village churches, particularly in relation to the processes of settlements fixing their position in the Saxon period, and settlement nucleation. This offers the possibility that some church sites may have determined the location of the settlement that they now serve rather than vice versa."--Publisher description from Website, Sept. 11, 2012
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-168)
Subject Rural churches -- England -- History -- To 1500
Church architecture -- England -- History -- To 1500
Architecture, Medieval -- England
England -- Church history -- 449-1066
England -- Church history -- 1066-1485
Orientation (Architecture)
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