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Wuffing Education

East Anglian Castles and Landscapes

Orford Castle

with Edward Martin

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 29th October 2005

An exploration of East Anglia’s rich heritage of castles and moated sites and their social and landscape meanings.

W e begin with a scene-setting session that will examine the way that land was held in the medieval period and the significance of lordship. We will then move on to examine the earliest castles, their origins and their role as feudal symbols. This will be followed by a study of the meaning and significance of moated sites. Finally we will examine the role that both castles and moats played in late medieval society.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 An introduction to feudal society  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The early castles: origins, honours and baronies  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Moated sites: water in the service of lordship  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The late castles and moats: the triumph of ostentatious display  
  16:15 Close  

About Edward Martin

Edward has worked as an archaeologist with Suffolk County Council for many years, specialising in historic landscape studies. He co-edited An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (3rd ed. 1999) and has written a wide range of monographs and articles. He is chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, the Suffolk Gardens Trust and a committee member of the Medieval Settlement Research Group.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Coss, P., The Knight in Medieval England 1000-1400 (Alan Sutton, Stroud 1993)
Creighton, O.H., Castles and Landscapes. Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England (Equinox, London, 2002)
Creighton, O. and R. Higham, Medieval Castles (Shire Princes Risborough 2003)
Faith, R., The English Peasantry and the Growth of Lordship (Leicester University Press 1997)
Heslop, T.A., Norwich Castle Keep. Romanesque architecture and social context (U.E.A., Norwich 1994)
Higham, R. and P. Barker, Timber Castles (Batsford, London1992; new ed. Exeter University Press 2004)
Johnson, M., Behind the Castle Gate. From Medieval to Renaissance (Routledge, London 2002)
Liddiard, R., “Landscapes of Lordship”. Norman castles and the countryside in Medieval Norfolk, 1066-1200 (BAR British Series 309, 2000)
Liddiard, R. (ed.), Anglo-Norman Castles (Boydell, Woodbridge 2003)
Morris, M., Castle. A history of the buildings that shaped Medieval Britain (Macmillan, London 2003)
Potter, V., M. Poulter and J. Allen, The Building of Orford Castle. A translation from the Pipe Rolls 1163-78 (Orford Museum 2002)
Pounds, N.J.G., The Medieval Castle in England and Wales. A social and political history (Cambridge University Press 1990)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £38, payable to Wuffing Education to:

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

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