Iken TM 41 55
Suffolk Directions not known
Status not known Contact - none known

Click to view larger - St B Iken.jpg

Iken in East Suffolk appears to be the likely site of St Botolph’s original foundation noted in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 654, alongside the reference to the death of  King Onna. The later medieval church of ‘St Botulf at Iken’ is built on the highest point of a former island overlooking the Alde estuary across the river from the site of the early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Snape. Inside the church, part of a large carved stone cross-shaft can be seen. This was discovered incorporated into the wall of the later tower during excavations in 1977. The shaft formed part of a large decorated stone cross perhaps ten or twelve feet in height, the style of which associates it with an East Mercian sculptural style datable to perhaps the 9th or early 10th century. The thatched roof caught light in 1968 and the nave stood unprotected during much of the next 20 years before the roof was replaced

Another useful site

  Picture Source

© Copyright Peter Buttle

Updated 26 February 2002

Return to index