King Oswald of Northumbria set up a monastery at Lindisfarne on the north-east coast. It was also to be a school where Anglo-Saxon boys could be trained to become priests and missionaries. It was in this school that a boy named Cedd were educated and learnt to teach the Christian faith.
In 653 Cedd sailed down the east coast of England from Lindisfarne and landed at Bradwell. Here he found the ruins of an old deserted Roman fort. He probably first built a small wooden church but as there was so much stone from the fort he soon realised that would provide a much more permanent building, so he replaced it the next year with the church we see today! So, the chapel that is visible in the photo and still stands at the end of this lane dates back to 654 AD.