Category Mercian Kingdom

Peterborough’s first monastery

The first monastic settlement in Peterborough was originally known as ‘Medeshamstede, a name derived from the meadows which lie on each side of the River Nen – ‘the home in the meadows.’ Described as ‘a great stretch of swampy land’ it was a perfect place for the community there to ‘wage a relentless war with […]