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St Pancras, the Patron saint of children, was born near Synnada, a city of Phrygia Salutaris, to parents of Roman citizenship. His mother Cyriada died during childbirth, while his father Cleonius died when Pancras was eight years old. Pancras was entrusted to his Uncle Dionysius’ care. They both moved to Rome to live in a villa on the Caelian Hill where they converted to Christianity. During the persecution of Christians by Diocletian, around 303 AD, he was brought before the authorities and asked to perform a sacrifice to the Roman gods. Pancras refused, and finally the emperor ordered him to be decapitated on the Via Aurelia, on May 12, 303 AD. A Roman matron named Ottavilla recovered Pancras's body, covered it with balsam, wrapped it in precious linens, and buried it in a newly built sepulchre dug in the Catacombs of Rome. Pancras’ head was placed in the reliquary that still exists today in the Basilica of San Pancrazio. 11
Pope Gregory the Great chose Augustine in 595 to lead a mission to Britain to Christianize King Æthelberht and his Kingdom from Anglo-Saxon paganism. Augustine came to England carrying relics of Saint Pancras and Pope Gregory’s writings, Liber in gloria martyrum, that included the history of St Pancras. 11
There are about six dedications to Saint Pancras in England
St Pancras Church, Canterbury, now ruins in the grounds of St Augustine’s Abbey, may once have been a Roman building restored by Ethelbert as a heathen temple. St. Augustine purified and consecrated the building to Christian worship. St Augustine also used the Roman remains to construct the Canterbury Site.
The Chancel of St Pancras in Coldred is early as Saxon construction and shares similar properties to Canterbury with construction re-using roman brick.22 In addition Roman remains have been found in the well found within the mote and bailey and nearby in Waldershare Estate.
It is also possible that a Roman Settlement existed at the same spot as a 300- foot well was discovered circa 1790 which contained Roman remains. The discovery of the well is interesting in that a horse and cart were using a road just south of the present road when the earth settled and the horse, cart and rider disappeared into the well, (although in one recollection the road was being constructed). Roman pottery, mosaic tiles and other items were also found in Waldershare Park when extensions were built in the 1800s,
St Pancras Church prior to the Victorian restoration and addition of the vestry and porch ...