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Old Minister Ruins

A Grade II Listed Building in St. Cross, South Elmham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3933 / 52°23'35"N

Longitude: 1.3898 / 1°23'23"E

OS Eastings: 630732

OS Northings: 282657

OS Grid: TM307826

Mapcode National: GBR WLL.XWZ

Mapcode Global: VHM6V.13KN

Plus Code: 9F4399VQ+8W

Entry Name: Old Minister Ruins

Listing Date: 1 September 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1031964

English Heritage Legacy ID: 282305

Location: St. Cross, South Elmham, East Suffolk, Suffolk, IP20

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: St. Cross, South Elmham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: South Elmham St Cross St Cross

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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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
Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TM3073282657

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