THE PRITTLEWELL PRINCE

Posted on 27 June 2013
On the 24th April a small gathering of civic dignitaries and leaders met at the Southend Museum to view a small selection of the finds associated with the so-called Prittlewell Prince in Priory Crescent.

Stephen was able to represent the Southend churches on this occasion. He notes that the finds continue to offer some exciting discoveries and possibilities. It is now recognised that this is a princely Christian burial of a remarkably early date: 590-610AD is now regarded as the probable range. Since Christianity is reckoned to have first entered the English peoples with the mission of St. Augustine in 597, this may suggest that Christianity had reached Southend before Augustine!

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