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Brixworth church in Northamptonshire is the most impressive church to survive from Anglo-Saxon England. Built from reused brick and tile pillaged from Roman Leicester, its earliest parts probably date to the 8th cent. At the core is a spacious nave flanked by a series of side-chapels, now known only from excavations, which were entered through great archways. To the east was a square choir and apsed sanctuary surrounded by an external ring-crypt. To the west, chambers flanked a two-storey porch. In the late Anglo-Saxon period the nave walls were raised and a stair turret added to the porch.

Richard N. Bailey

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