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East Lexham Church in East Anglia, England Photo and text by Glynn Burrows - English
Historian, Family History Buff & Owner of Norfolk Tours in England
East Anglia has the biggest concentration of Round Tower Churches in the World. In
the UK there are, or have been around 205 such Churches, of the surviving 175, 123
are in Norfolk, 38 are in Suffolk, six are in Essex and two in Cambridgeshire. The
other five are well away from East Anglia, in Sussex and Berkshire.
There are many theories why we have so many of these buildings in this area, but
the most popular reason put forward, is that as it is difficult to build a square
corner out of sandstone, chalk and flint which are the only natural stones found
in the area in any great amount, the locals built round towers for their Churches.
I'm not one to argue with this theory and these little buildings give this area such
a unique identity.
Lexham Church Tower is perhaps the oldest remaining Tower in the area, it is said
to date back to c850AD!
Learn more about historic sites, tracing yur family history
in England, or planning your England travel adventure by visiting www.norfolk-tours.co.uk
Glynn Burrows was a featured guest on Big Blend Radio to talk about researching your
family history in England. To listen to the interview, please use the player to the
right, as you make our online jigsaw puzzle made from Glynn’s photo of East Lexham
Church in East Anglia, England.
To make the online jigsaw puzzle, first click on Ghost to create your work space.
You can click and drag pieces to where you want them, and to rotate them, either
use your mouse roller or your arrow keys. To see the image better, click on Image.
Good luck! You can listen to Glynn’s interview while you work!