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Description: Old Minister Ruins
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282305
OS Grid Reference: TM3074282655
OS Grid Coordinates: 630742, 282655
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3932, 1.3899
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SOUTH ELMHAM ST. CROSS
TM 38 SW
4/45 Old Minister Ruins
Ruins. Traditionally thought to be those of a Minster relating to the See of
Elmham created in the C7, although the surviving structure seems likely to
date only from the C11. In flint rubble, coursed where the outer: surfaces
remain. The building had the form of a small Romanesque church, with nave, a
narthex to the west, and an apsidal east end, although nothing remains of the
latter above ground level. The nave, 38 feet long and 27 feet wide, has walls
still partly standing to a height of 14 feet, with evidence for window
openings. The narthex is 26 feet square, and had windows on each side and a
wide west door. The building is surrounded by a large square enclosure with a
bank and ditch, said to be of Roman origin, though this is unproven. For the
most recent account of the site cf. N. Smedley and E. Owles, Excavations at
the Old Minster, South Elmham, Procs. Suff. Inst. Arch. for 1971 Vol. XXXII,
part I pp.1-16. Further excavations in 1985, undertaken by the Suffolk
Archaeological Unit in conjunction with Sheffield University, failed to
produce any further evidence of the origins of the building. Scheduled
Listing NGR: TM3074282655
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Source: English Heritage
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