extending 3 ft. 5 in. to the south, and a medieval
wall or buttress reaching 6 ft. 9 in. to the east. Here also imbedded in
the wall is a massive circular Roman pillar, at the foot of which has
been found the upper portion of an apparently Roman phial.
The foundations of the old chancel wall (on which that of the
later church has not been evenly and symmetrically placed) start 10
inches farther in than those of the nave wall, and can be traced for 12
or 13 feet more till we detect something like the commencement of the
apse; but at this interesting point we are warned off by the owner of
the adjacent ground.
We will now return to the southern chantry or aisle, which
is of identically the same size as the western porch.
Thorn goes on to say, after the passage I have already
quoted, "There is still extant an altar in the southern
porticus of the same church, at which the same Augustine was wont to
celebrate, where formerly had stood the idol of the king—at
which altar, while Augustine was celebrating mass for the first time,
the devil, seeing himself driven out
from the home which he had inhabited for long ages,
tried to overturn from the foundations the aforesaid church: the marks
of which are still apparent on the exterior eastern wall of the
In an engraving, bearing the date 1784, the so-called
devil's marks are shewn; and I have little or no doubt that the porticus
mentioned by Thorn is the same which we have excavated. We cannot call
it a porch, as there are no traces of an external door.
Now the walls of this porticus are built chiefly of
Roman tiles, coated in the lower part with a facing of concrete, and in
the upper parts with thick plaster. In it are the remains of a rude
altar, with the pavement of fifteenth century tiles complete on either
side: the altar, 4 ft. 4 in. by 2 ft. 2 in. in size, of an uncertain
date, possibly contemporary with the pavement, but built on older
foundations. In addition to the later fifteenth century doorway on the
northern side, there are close to it distinct traces of an earlier