tue07sep2:00 pmChristianisation of Gloucestershire & Foundation of Anglo-Saxon MinstersLecture


September 7, 2021 2:00 pm(GMT+01:00)


Gloucester Cathedral

12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX

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The Christianization of Gloucestershire and the Foundation of the Anglo-Saxon Minsters
Lady Chapel, Gloucester Cathedral
A Lecture by Professor Nick Mann

Christianity arrived in what we now call Gloucestershire at least 600 years before the county received its first mention in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century. Indeed, there may well have been a Bishop of Cirencester in the 4th century. An Anglo-Saxon kingdom was established in the middle of the 7th century in an area that incorporated much of what we now recognize as Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and a part of Warwickshire. A golden age of building religious institutions, mynsters, dawned in the middle of the 7th century and continued throughout most of the 8th century.

There were originally as many as 28 mynsters in Gloucestershire and the location of these mynsters is widely held to have influenced the siting of subsequent parish churches. However, little is known about the factors that determined where the mynsters themselves were established. The use of a geographical information system may throw light onto the factors that influenced this process.

After retiring from the University of Warwick as Professor of Microbiology, Nick Mann became a Cathedral guide. This led to a deep interest in the early history of monasticism in England and to becoming group leader of the Monasticism Study Group at the Cathedral. Nick also runs the Historic Churches Group of Cheltenham U3A.

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