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Causeway to the north of Barlings Abbey

Reference Name MLI83326

Causeway to the north of Barlings Abbey

Causeway to the north of Barlings Abbey


It is suggested that there was an early church on the island of Oxney on which the Premonstratensian Abbey of Barlings (54215) was founded in 1154. The island of Oxney is joined to the high ground to the north by a causeway about 1km long. An important group of spearheads, spurs and stirrups were discovered during road works on the causeway and bridge established by the Abbey at Langworth. It is possible that this causeway formed part of the ritual and symbolic landscape possibly dating as far back as the Bronze Age and extending into the sixteenth century. However, there is little evidence to support this theory, and it remains very much conjectural. {1}

1 Article in monograph: Stocker, D. and Everson, P.. 2003. ‘The straight and narrow way: fenland causeways and the conversion of the landscape in the Witham valley, Lincolnshire’, in The Cross Goes North, Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD300-1300, edited by Martin Carver. pp.271-88

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