Tag Archive: Durham

Bristol academic discovers 819-Year-Old Royal Charter Issued by King John

A rare, original royal charter from the first year of King John’s reign has been discovered in Durham by a medieval historian from the University of Bristol. The document, which was not previously known to have survived, carries the seal of King John and is dated 26 March 1200, issued in York, exactly 819 years…

Mass Medieval grave found in archaeology dig at Durham World Heritage Site

Mass Medieval Graves

The body count at a mass grave crammed with hastily-buried bodies, found by archaeologists investigating library grounds originally thought to have been part of the cemetery at Durham Cathedral, has risen from four to 18 skeletons. Puzzled experts say the burial site, excavated during work on the £10 million enhancement of Palace Green Library, is…

Medieval remains uncovered near Durham University

Richard III Skull

Four human skulls, thought to date back to medieval times, have been uncovered near Durham University. A team of archaeologists and builders made the discovery while carrying out work for the development of the university’s Palace Green Library, which this summer was home to the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition. Construction work has now been halted to…

Oldest European Medieval Cookbook Found

A 12th-century manuscript contains the oldest known European Medieval food recipes, according to new research. The recipes, which include both food and medical ointment concoctions, were compiled and written in Latin. Someone jotted them down at Durham Cathedral’s monastery in the year 1140. It was essentially a health book, so the meals were meant to…

Rooms to rent in an ancient castle in Durham

Durham Castle

The 11th-century Durham Castle is benefitting from a £5-million refurbishment – and now offers holiday accommodation within its ancient walls. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in north-east England is home to Durham University’s oldest college and its rooms are available to rent for bed and breakfast during the university’s vacation times. There are now 40…