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Wuffing Education

Domesday Suffolk Castles

Clare Castle

with Lucy Marten

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 28th May 2005

Anyone interested in eleventh-century Suffolk is extremely fortunate that it was included in what has become known as 'Little Domesday'. This volume actually which contains much more information than its better-known counterpart, 'Great Domesday'. This study day will focus on the Suffolk folios of the Domesday Book: we will look at the process of the Domesday survey itself and then go on to examine just how much this fascinating source can tell us about the English thegns of Edward the Confessor's reign and the Normans that supplanted them after 1066. The day will conclude with a look at the Norman castles of Suffolk, who built them and why were they built where they were?

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Domesday Survey. A look at how and why this unique and remarkable survey was carried out. This will be followed by an examination of what Domesday can tell us about Sutton Hoo and its environs  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The English Aristocracy Before the Conquest.
Although a Norman-produced document of 1087, Domesday Book is our best source of information for English landholders before the Norman conquest. This session will look at some of the individuals who were members of Suffolk's elite in 1066. Some may only have been of local importance, but Suffolk's landholders also included Earl Gyrth and his brother, Harold Godwineson (later King Harold II)- individuals at the very pinnacle of the English aristocracy.
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Norman Conquest and Settlement. What happened after Hastings in 1066? This session will examine the process of conquest and settlement in the years after the Norman conquest - years that also included two major revolts within the region.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 1086 - Norman Lords and their Castles. The final session will concentrate upon the Norman castle-builders of Suffolk. Where did they choose to build their castles and why?  
  16:15 Close  

About Lucy Marten

Lucy Marten is currently (very) close to submitting her Ph.D thesis on 'Land and Lordship in Tenth and Eleventh-Century Suffolk' at University of East Anglia. The county of Suffolk was also the focus for her undergraduate dissertation which won a national award. Lucy also currently holds a Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London and has articles on 'The Rebellion of 1075' and 'The Impact of Rebellion on Little Domesday' due to be published later this year.

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Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Fleming, R., Kings and Lords in Conquest England (Cambridge, 1991).
Liddiard, R. [ed.], Anglo-Norman Castles (Woodbridge, 2003).
Rumble, A. [ed.], Domesday Book, Suffolk, 2 vols (Philimore, Chichester 1986).
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester, 1996).
Williams, A., The English and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge, 1995).


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £35, payable to Wuffing Education to:

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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