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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 109
                                  
ST MARTINS CHURCH, CANTERBURY  By the  Rev Canon Routledge  Continued

found in its walls, as samples of which I would point to Roman tiles, travertine, tertiary sandstone, Kentish rag, Purbeck, red and green sandstone, Caen stone, flint, and doubtless many others.
   It is very likely that the Romano-Saxon building suffered from the fierce and general ravages of the Danes. It still however maintained sufficient reputation to have given a title to suffragan bishops for a period of 350 years according to one tradition (at any rate for fifty years), till they finally became merged, in the time of Lanfranc, into Archdeacons of Canterbury.
   The interior of the church assumed its present general shape at the end of the twelfth or the beginning of the thirteenth century, though alterations and additions have been made in several succeeding generations.
   Of the building as it now stands we may roughly assign the different portions to the following periods:
   (1) Roman.General prevalence of tiles, some of them almost undoubtedly in situ in parts of the chancel wall.
   (2) Saxon or Pre-NormanThe font; the priest's door

(six feet high) on south of chancel; traces of another door S.E. of nave, which from measurement I have discovered to be necessarily anterior to the Norman piscina; and large portions of wall masonry of a chequy pattern, i.e. square stones with large interstices of sea-shore mortar.
   (3) Norman.Probably the buttresses; and a piscina (measuring twenty inches by twelve), said to be the earliest and most complete existing in England, with two holes above it for the supports of the canopy.
   (4) Early English.Chancel arch, roof of nave, and blocked porch or door S.W. of the church.
   (5) Fourteenth Century, Decorated.The tower; and the single-light windows of the nave.
   (6) Beginning of Fifteenth Century.The window over the font, which is clearly half of a former two-light window.
   (7) End of Fifteenth Century.The aumbry.
There are a few objects deserving somewhat longer explanation.
   (a) The early Roman church probably occupied the site

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