St Mary le Wigford, Lincoln
St Mary-le-Wigford is Grade I listed and was built in the 11th century AD, with later repairs and additions spanning between the 12th-19th centuries. There has also been recent speculation that the building may have an earlier foundation date of the late 10th century, possibly replacing an earlier timber church. The church has, within its fabric, earlier pieces of re-used stonework from the Roman and Saxon periods, most notably a Roman tombstone set within the west elevation of the tower which reads: “In memory of the departed; to the name of Sacer, son of Bruscus, a Senonian citizen, and Carssouna his wife and Quintus his son.” This stone was later re-purposed by a Saxon named Eirtrig who inscribed his own message upon it and used it as a dedication stone for the new church tower. Eirtrig’s message reads: “Eirtrig had me built and endowed to the glory of Christ and St. Mary”.
Unfortunately MAS did not uncover anything as exciting as a Roman tombstone but we did recover some sherds of 2nd – 4th century AD Roman Black Burnished Ware and 13th – 14th century AD Lincoln Glazed Ware pottery, and uncovered a 18 – 19th century brick vault, although empty of any occupants!