Period: Saxon

Early Christian syncretism and how the old ones hid amongst the new religion

Syncretism is where two or more differing beliefs become merged. In England, this first happened under Roman rule, where many pre-existing Celtic shrines to specific deities were associated with Roman deities of the same qualities or attributes. Based on extensive research, I am now confident that in Britain, the early Christians undertook a similar process and with that knowledge, we should be able to reverse engineer, to some extent, our local Brigantian Celtic pantheons.

The growth of Christianity 50AD – 1100AD

We look at the development of Christianity from 50AD to 1100AD in both the broader European context and also for the people of Brigantia.

James the Deacon of York

The Gregorian mission, characterized by its strategic and persistent efforts, was bolstered in 601AD with the arrival of Paulinus, one of the monks sent by Pope Gregory to support Augustine’s endeavours. Among those accompanying Paulinus was James the Deacon, a figure shrouded in mystery due to the scant historical records of his life.

Agricultural practices through time

Prehistoric Yorkshire is a landscape rich with history, revealed through various archaeological finds that offer a glimpse into the ancient past. The oldest evidence of human activity in this region dates back to around 125,000 years ago, but it is the later periods, particularly the Iron Age, that have yielded significant discoveries related to ploughing and farming.

The walled gardens of Brigantia

This report introduces walled gardens and the concept that they are an attempt to create a paradise on earth, in accordance with a long history of religious and spiritual thought that played a significant role in shaping our relationship with nature, and the design of high status estates.

Constable Burton Hall

Constable Burton Hall, a Grade I-listed Georgian country house, stands as a testament to the architectural and social history of North Yorkshire. Designed by the renowned John Carr of York in the Palladian style, the hall was constructed between 1762 and 1767 for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill.

Earthworks at the top of Holly Hill, Well

While details about these earthworks are not widely documented, the area is known for its rich archaeological significance. Holly Hill itself is a place of interest, with its Grade II listed status indicating its historical importance.

Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle, has known origins that trace back to Anglo-Saxon times when it served as a residence for the Mercian kings. The castle’s strategic importance was highlighted during the Viking invasions, leading to its abandonment.

Lady Bridge – Tamworth

Lady Bridge in Tamworth is a historical structure with medieval origins, serving as a testament to the town’s rich past. Initially constructed to span the River Tame, the bridge has undergone several transformations throughout the centuries.

Ladybridge near Thornborough Henges

Ladybridge, located near Thornborough in North Yorkshire, is situated in an area known for its Neolithic and later ritual practices, including the Thornborough Henges complex, which consists of three large prehistoric henges dating back to the Neolithic period. The presence of such ritual sites in the area suggests a long history of spiritual and sacred significance.

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