Anglo-Saxon (building style)


covers period from about 600 AD to 1066 (Norman invasion)


The only surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon architecture relate to ecclesiastical rather than secular buildings.  A few predominantly Anglo-Saxon buildings survive in Kent (e.g. St Mary-in-Castro in Dover) but not in the Canterbury area.  Canterbury buildings do, however, incorporate some features which survive from this period – more below.  The pillars shown below (image 5) can currently be seen in the crypt of Canterbury cathedral – they stood formerly at Reculver Saxon church (built 670AD).  Early work survives in St Martin’s church, although much is heavily restored – image 6 shows shallow buttresses of Anglo-Saxon style.