A very busy summer and autumn has meant that progress on the survey has been painfully slow and there is still a backlog of recorded slabs to add to the database. Even though it hasn't been possible to get out searching for and recording slabs, some new information has come to light in the course of other projects.
Research into a totally unrelated site in Cirencester turned up a short note on a watching brief on St John Baptist church, Cirencester back in 1990. Cotswold Archaeological Trust (now Cotswold Archaeology) were called in after three 'coffin lids' were discovered during building works in the north aisle. Three 13th century coffin lids were recorded 'incorporated into the wall of the aisle as part of the foundation for this wall in the early 15th century'. Further investigation showed that 'many former tombstones had clearly been used to prop up the floor during restorations in the middle of the nineteenth century'.
|Archive summary of watching brief on Cirencester church|
Intriguingly these coffin lids -almost certainly cross-slabs- may have been recorded again during 2008 excavations within the church. A trip to the Corinium Museum archives is needed to look at the detailed records and photographs.
|Six cross-slabs from Minchinhampton church, two of which are now lost|