Tag Archive: Norman

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out

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Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

Major £13m project will transform Norwich Castle’s keep

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It is one of the great historic centrepieces of the city, and over the next few years an ambitious project is aiming to transform Norwich Castle keep and give visitors the chance to step back in time to the world of the Norman kings. Called Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England, the £13m four-year project…

Battered Remains of Medieval Knight Discovered in Hereford Cathedral

The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting. The man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney, in which men rode atop their horses and attacked one another, in large groups, with blunted weapons….

Early medieval manuscripts give new view of English life under the Normans

The culmination of a pioneering international project which has uncovered new insights on Norman England is to be celebrated on Wednesday 10th November at 3.30pm at the University of Leicester. A new study of early medieval manuscripts written in the English language has revealed that the Normans, who conquered England in 1066, were not the…

Site of ‘Britain’s oldest hospital’ uncovered

A site which may house Britain’s earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists. Radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital at St Mary Magdalen in Winchester, Hampshire, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series of burials, many exhibiting evidence of leprosy, on the site. A number of other artefacts,…

A Grand Day Out: The Battle Of Hastings, where Britain’s future turned on an arrow

Seeking ideas for a weekend day out in the next few weeks? You could always head down to East Sussex, where the annual re-enactment of the Battle Of Hastings takes place over the weekend of October 9-10. Mark Hughes-Morgan explains what you can expect. WHY DID KING HAROLD LOSE? He hasn’t yet: it doesn’t happen…

Michael Wood’s Story of England: Big historical secrets – in a humble Midlands village

Story of England, which begins on BBC Four tonight, is a very simple idea: to tell the story of one place through the whole of English history, from Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to the Somme and D-Day – and from the point of view of the people, not the rulers. It tries to show the slow…

Medieval earth floor discovered in church

A medieval earth floor has been uncovered at a village church which is undergoing a massive renovation. The discovery was made by builders at St James’ Church, Aslackby, last month. Churchwarden Chris Gudgin, 67, of The Old Vicarage, Aslackby, said it was exciting. He said: “The builders found it while relaying a stone floor. “It…