Saturday, 11 September 2010

Video tour of the mid-Saxon chapel of Saint Peter's in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex



The bleakly beautiful setting of St Peter's Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea is something you really have to experience in person. In particular, there is something so tantalising about the approach to the edge of the sea along a long, well-trodden path - it is a liminal place. Constructed from the remains of the Othona fort on the southern shore of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, the current structure was constructed under the orders of the Celtic Rite by St Cedd in 660-662and, according to Bede, was probably originally named, 'Ythanceaster'. 

We urge you to go and see for yourself. In the meantime, gain a glimpse by clicking on the video.

~ Munro Tweeder-Harris Esq. ~

4 comments:

  1. Excellent hand usage there with the rolling of said hands to symbolise both the movement of water and the movement of time, the passing of generations, but not as good as the church itself. Just imagine the building full of Saxon men, women and children listening to that wind, maybe even a storm blowing a gale across that bleak, barren landscape. Oh how they must have prayed...

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  2. I couldn't agree more, for it's people that make a place and this place was clearly a sanctuary in more ways than one for these early worshippers.


    +Many Coats+

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  3. Was that...Russell Crowe..? Naa, can't be. Good disappearing bit, though, now you see me, now you don't... Stylish.

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  4. Yes, it is such an evocative place. I was minded of the Venerable Bede's bird flying through the feasting hall as I stood there. One of my personal favourites...

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