chapter  6
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A complete study of the street-names of an old town, or of all the towns in a particular county, would also make a fascinating special task. A detailed study of church sites would reveal, especially on the western side of England, any number of mysteries to be solved. Norfolk also presents many problems relating to the siting of its ancient churches. According to Bede, the queen worshipped on the east side of the city of Canterbury in an old church, built in honour of Saint Martin during the Roman occupation of Britain. The Dictionary of National Biography serves more or less adequately for figures of national importance, though there are some astonishing omissions, especially of men who helped to create the industries, towns, and cities of the Midlands and the north. The characteristic Anglo-Saxon rubble masonry of the latter, seen on the west wall, with the very different building technique of the earlier structure.