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Anglo-Saxon Medway 410 - 1066
The first Anglo-Saxons were pagans (non-Christians) and it was
their custom to bury their dead with a selection of personal
belongings. Many of the Anglo-Saxon artefacts found in Medway come
from the graveyards of this early period. In 586, however, St
Augustine arrived in Kent and with the co-operation of Aethelbert,
the local king, began his Christian mission at Canterbury.
Rochester was Augustine’s second foundation, in 604. The town
grew in importance, with a cathedral and later, during the reign of
Aethelred II (978-1016), a mint established within its walls.
Suggested further reading
Faith and Fabric: a History of Rochester Cathedral,
604–1994 edited by Nigel Yates. The Boydell Press, 1996.
The following information and resources can be downloaded and
used by teachers, students and parents as a part of their lessons
or just for fun. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the pdf
files. If you do not have this on your computer please use our
- Textus Roffensis – 12th century manuscript in the archives
of Rochester Cathedral. A facsimile copy is available at
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre. Find it on the City Ark
document gallery (cityark.medway.gov.uk/gallery).
Cutha's Chronicles : Adventures in Anglo-Saxon England
(courtesy of Widowinde Journal of Da Engliscan Gesithas
(The English Companions)).
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