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In this plan of St Mary's Church, Reculver, in north-east Kent, the porticus of the 7th-century church are represented by the extensions to north and south from the main structure, which is in yellow. Other colours represent later additions to the church, within which most of the original structure was incorporated.

A porticus, in church architecture and archaeology, is usually a small room in a church.[1] Commonly these form extensions to the north and south sides of a church, giving the building a cruciform plan. Porticus may function as chapels, rudimentary transepts or burial-places. For example, Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent were buried in the south porticus at St Augustine's Abbey, with the exception of Eadberht II, who was buried in a similar location in St Mary's Church, Reculver.[2]

This feature of church design originated in the late Roman period and continued to appear in those built on the European continent and, in Anglo-Saxon England, until the 8th century.[3]


  1. ^ "Glossary of ecclesiastical terms". Archi UK. n.d. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Kelly 2008, pp. 78–9.
  3. ^ Cherry 1981, p. 168.