Iken is the now the undisputed site of St Botolph's minster founded, according to the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, in 654 AD following the death of the pious King Onna of East Anglia. In the 7th Century the site would have been a raised prominentary entirely cut off from the mainland by a large loop of the River Alde. In the 1970's as well as discovering a 9th or 10th century carved Angl0-Saxon cross shaft, archaeologists also discovered timber post holes from a Middle Saxon 7th Century church. In this wooden minster St Botolph established his monastery following his monastic training in the Columbanian and Benedictine tradition at the famous double abbey of Faremoutiers-en-Brie. As well as conducting missionary expeditions from Iken to evangelise other areas of East Anglia, St Botolph was renowned as an austere ascetic whose prayers could ward off the marsh demons. In 670 AD St Coelfrith, Abbot of Jarrow and the Venerable Bede's Spiritual Father, came to Iken and said that St Botolph was 'a man of unparalleled life and learning, and full of the grace of the Holy Spirit'.
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