Tag Archive: English Heritage

Medieval barn saved for the nation

medieval barn

A medieval west London barn described by the poet John Betjeman as the “cathedral of Middlesex” has been rescued from decay and neglect for the nation, English Heritage has said. Grade I-listed Harmondsworth Barn in west London joins the likes of Stonehenge, Osborne House and parts of Hadrian’s Wall in the national collection of historic…

Kent campaign to save ‘decaying’ Rochester Castle

Conservationists have begun a campaign to preserve Rochester Castle. The Restore Rochester Castle Campaign wants to save the walls, floor and roof of the 12th Century building. A section of the outer wall of the castle had to be rebuilt last month after collapsing because of heavy rainfall. Campaigner Jon O’Donnell said the medieval castle…

Mum’s spooky Kenilworth Castle pics win photography competition

A Coventry mum is delighted to have won a photography competition capturing the spooky side of Kenilworth Castle. Nicola Troth, aged 33, won a year’s pass to her favourite medieval castle. The competition, organised by English Heritage, invited visitors to send in their atmospheric pictures. Nicola, a receptionist, lives in Yelverton Road, Holbrooks with her…

Ancient well discovery sheds light on city’s medieval past

Archaeologists have unearthed a medieval well over 3m (9ft) deep which had lain undiscovered for over 800 years. The University of Sheffield’s archaeological consultancy firm ARCUS made the unexpected find in Sheffield’s city centre. The discovery was made during the team’s excavation at Carmel House on Fargate in Sheffield city centre, as part of the…

Battle to save Bagots Castle in Baginton

A race against time is underway to save forgotten Bagots Castle in Baginton. The medieval castle dates back to the 14th century – but hardly anyone knows it’s there. Villagers want to conserve its ruins – but only have a few months to raise the money needed to preserve it for future generations. Parish councillor…

Rochester Castle wall restoration almost complete

Stone masons will put the finishing touches to the complex restoration work of a weather-damaged section of Rochester Castle’s curtain wall next week. The experienced craftsmen have painstakingly repaired the 24m section of retaining wall, which collapsed in March after a deluge of heavy rain led to ground movement. Emergency shoring works were carried out…

Eel or pigeon pizzas to awaken medieval tastebuds

English Heritage has joined forces with Pizza Hut to bring back the tastes of the middle ages in the form of medieval inspired pizza. As part of a month celebrating medieval feasting at the Great Tower at Dover Castle this September, the leading restaurant chain has helped create medieval variations of three of their most…

Young castle visitors offered a taste of medieval justice

Children visiting Bolsover Castle next week are set to discover the gruesome facts about medieval justice and experience some of the horrific punishments that were meted out. English Heritage owns the castle and its Time Travellers Go…Crime and Punishment week aims to give children the opportunity to participate in a mock trial and learn more…

Brutal punishments remembered as ‘hangman’ returns to Tower

It still carries the name of the man whose body hung from its ramparts as a gruesome reminder to the medieval period’s brutal way of dealing with crime and punishment. And visitors to Clifford’s Tower in York throughout the summer are being given an insight into some of the savage punishments that were handed out….

Medieval mayhem on the bill at Scarborough castle

Visitors to Scarborough Castle this weekend will be transported back to a bygone age. The historic venue will host a Medieval Joust event, organised by English Heritage, from 11am to 5pm today and tomorrow. People will get to enjoy the thrills and spills of medieval jousting and can cheer on their favourite knight. Entertainment will…