Prompted by Father Peregrinator's notes on the recent Anglican Use Conference, I have been thinking about the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church in England after St. Augustine of Canterbury arrived in Canterbury in the 590's, and the British Church as it existed prior to that time. It is interesting to note that there were three British bishops at the Council of Arles in the year 314: the bishops of York, London, and a third bishop of the civitas colonia Londinensium, probably Colchester.
Furthermore, Tertullian, writing about the year 200, "speaks of parts of Britain, inaccessible to the Romans, which had yet been conquered by Christ; while Origen, writing about forty years later, includes Britain among the places where Christians are to be found." This quote is from A History of the Church in England, by JRH Moorman.
It has been conjecutred, apparently, that Christians fled persecution in Gaul (i.e. France), arriving in Britain around the year 177. There are also legends surrounding Joseph of Arimathea's coming to Glastonbury in the 1st century, and founding a church.
Anyway, that's just what I've been thinking about. Now I think its time to run some errands.