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Wuffing Education

Monasteries in the Landscape

The Gatehouse of St Benetís Abbey, Norfolk, by John Sell Cotman

with Rik Hoggett

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 21st April 2007

An exploration of the history and importance of monasteries in the medieval landscape, using examples from East Anglia and elsewhere in Britain.

The network of monasteries was one of the most important and influential features of the medieval landscape. Hundreds of monasteries employed thousands of people and held a third of all the land in Britain.

Using examples from within East Anglia and from further afield, we shall examine the history of monasticism in Britain, the development of the monastic cloister and precinct, and the management of monastic estates.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Introduction to Monastic Landscapes
The history of monasticism in Britain;
The study of monastic landscapes;
East Anglian monasteries.
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Monastic Plan
The design of monasteries;
The different monastic orders;
Function and form of the cloistral plan.
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Monastic Precinct
Studying monastic precincts;
The buildings of the precinct;
Some East Anglian precincts.
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Monastic Estates
Studying monastic estates;
Monastic and secular estates;
Norwich Cathedral Priory’s estates.
  16:15 Close  

About Rik Hoggett

Rik Hoggett has been an archaeologist for ten years, during which time he has conducted a wide range of fieldwork across southern England. A double graduate of Bristol University, for a number of years he was a director of the Sedgeford Project, investigating the Anglo-Saxon origins of a north-west Norfolk village. This led on to his PhD at the University of East Anglia, examining the historical and archaeological evidence for the Christianization of East Anglia. He teaches Landscape Archaeology in the School of History, UEA, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Aston, M., Monasteries in the Landscape (Tempus 2000)
Bond, J., Monastic Landscapes (Tempus2004)
Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society [Oxford 2005]; note that Chapter 1 can be viewed at
Greene, P., Medieval Monasteries (Leicester University Press 1990)
Hooke, D., The Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England [London 1998].
Mayr-Harting. H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (London 1972)
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People [Oxford 1999].
Rackham, O., A History of the Countryside [London 1986].
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk [Manchester 1996].
Williamson, T., The Origins of Norfolk [Manchester 1993].


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Wuffing Education,
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