The Search for Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon Minsters [Paperback]

Martin Biddle(Author); Simon Hayfield(Illustrator)

ISBN: 9781784918576 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2018 | 1 | Language: English 80p, H11.69 x W8.3, Highly illustrated throughout in colour and black & white
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The Search for Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon Minsters


The ancient cathedral of Old Minster and the abbey church of New Minster once stood at the heart of Anglo-Saxon Winchester. Buildings of the first importance, honoured by Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings, these great churches were later demolished and their locations lost. Through an extensive programme of archaeological excavation begun in 1961, and as a result of years of research, the story of these lost minsters can now be revealed. Written by Martin Biddle, Director of the Winchester Excavations Committee and Research Unit, and marvellously illustrated by Simon Hayfield, The Search for Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon Minsters traces the history of these excavations from 1961 to 1970 and shows how they led to the discovery of the Old and New Minsters, bringing back to life the history, archaeology and architecture of Winchester’s greatest Anglo-Saxon buildings.

Table of Contents



Anglo-Saxon Winchester

Archaeological excavations and finds

Understanding the evidence

Evolution of Old Minster

Destruction of Old Minster

The Royal Quarter

Winchester Studies

Further Reading

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