Something Every Pastor Needs— a Fortified Vicarage

Corbridge is one of the more interesting Roman sites in all of Britain, not least because of the museum at Corbridge (on which see the next post). But the church of St. Andrew in Corbridge is equally interesting because it has: 1) the King’s ovens, built into the wall (the church being the dispenser of bread for the poor, it is in the church wall) and 2) a fortified towering vicarage! Yes you heard right. The minister had all the protection he needed from irate parishioners.

Here is the church itself in the market square….

And here are the ancient bread ovens in the church perimeter wall…

And the towering vicarage… I picture the priest dropping eggs on parishioners who came to protest his work or his sermons…..

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