Anglo-Saxon

The problem of the Suffolk and Norfolk round towers

The problem of the Suffolk and Norfolk round towers

Another problem of East Anglia’s missing history are its puzzling and ancient round towered flint churches. Initially this appears to be a specifically Suffolk and Norfolk Norman architectural mystery, but other countries including Ireland have doubts about their variations of round towers. Who built them, exactly when and why? How can there be doubt with such unique buildings?

If this enigma is baffling enough for architect historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner to write about it in his Buildings of England books, then there is official lack of evidence.

The Norman conquest of East Anglia by the historic Pevsner Caveat

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner Architectural Guides Norman Saxon Churches of England

There is doubt for what is evidence of Early to Late Anglo-Saxon architecture and when did conquered rural areas start building in the Norman style? Very strangely for the land of the East Angles, with its unique and staggering amount of very old round towered flint churches, the interpretations of Saxon or Norman examples are still creating confusion.

Is this due to Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and should he be known as Norman Pevsner?

How long did the first millennium last?

Theodosius I Theodoric roman gold coins

A few not recorded cultural events over a long time, the odd year here and there, and they could add up to 1 decade or more. What do you do when new folklore evidence suggests you have a King or event that could not have existed, as your history already has dates with a different story or even worse a similar mythology?