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By N. J. G. Pounds

Such a lot writings on church historical past were involved as a rule with church hierarchy, and with theology, liturgy and canon legislations. This e-book seems to be on the church ''from below,'' from the bottom stratum of its organization--the parish--in which the church development is obvious because the parishioners' handiwork, and as a mirrored image of neighborhood pop culture. The booklet discusses in flip the beginning and improvement of parishes, their functionality, and the church textile that embodied the aspirations of parishioners.

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The latter was probably established under conditions which were very different from those of the present or even of the later Middle Ages. Instances of the physical removal of a church from one site to another are few. 98 About  the parishioners of Bardney (Lincs) sought permission to destroy their church, already ruinous, and to build another ‘at their own charges . . 99 But examples of the destruction of a church, apparently intact, and of its replacement on a different site, are very rare before the eighteenth century.

24 A case can also be made for St Albans, where there could have been both church and cemetery near the supposed site of the saint’s martyrdom on the hilltop to the north-east of the Roman town. The evidence for private or house churches is more trustworthy. It consists in the main of Christian iconography, found in villas which have been excavated. 25 Both have an almost exclusively Christian connotation. They appear in mosaics, notably at Hinton St Mary and Frampton (Dors), and as mural decoration at Lullingstone (Kent) (Fig.

By  it had become a parish church with no less than eight dependent chapelries, most of them making their slow progress towards parochial status. Three had acquired baptismal rights, and two were in process of obtaining cemeteries. 80 In the course of the eighth century, if not earlier, lay landholders had begun to establish private or patronal churches, or Eigenkirchen, and as the role of the minster diminished so that of the patronal church, limited in its jurisdiction to the estates of its patron, began to increase.

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