What remains is now mainly from the time of Abbot Lytlington and is the work of Master William. There is some surviving Norman work at the east end of the nave and at the west end too where it formed the east wall of a chapel built around what was thought of as the remains of Guthlac's cell. The little metal plaque that marked the cell has gone. The lower part of the west front dates from the middle of the 13th century. I had hoped to bring you some pictures of the interior, but by the time we had walked around the inside the church had been locked.
It turns out that the site has been holy for far longer than the arrival of Guthlac in 699. Crowland does not, as is popularly thought, sit upon a fen 'island' but at the end of a peninsular of gravel stretching out from the fen edge at Peakirk north-east into the fen. It is dotted with Bronze Age barrows. Interesting too when you think about it that Peakirk with it's ancient sanctity should stand almost on guard at the start of the peninsular.