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Saxon period overview

We know very little of the first several hundred years of the Anglo-Saxon era, primarily because the
invaders were largely an illiterate people. We know that they established separate kingdoms, the
Saxons settling in the south and west, the Angles in the east and north, and the Jutes on the Isle of
Wight and the mainland but beyond that, the earliest records of them are unreliable.

To date, there has been very little evidence of Saxon life or occupation within Norton parish although
it is known that Daventry began as a small Anglo Saxon village in around 920AD. Most Saxon buildings
were constructed of wood with wattle and daub walls. The only buildings the Anglo-Saxons tended to
build in more permanent stone were their monasteries and churches. There are several good examples
remaining today one of which is All Saints' Church at Brixworth , only a few miles from Norton, which
was built circa 680AD.

Click here to search and view the collection of Anglo-Saxon coins and artifacts found in Norton


All Saints' Church, Brixworth, the largest
Anglo-Saxon building in this country.

Saxon Britain 600 - 900AD