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Suffolk’s Deer Parks: 11th - 17th century

A 15th –century stag hunt (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)

with Dr Rosemary Hoppitt

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
onSaturday 29th November 2008

A new exploration of aspects of some of Suffolk’s 130 deer parks in the light of documentary and landscape evidence.

Suffolk has about 130 or more deer parks recorded during the period from 1086 through to the beginning of the 17th century.
The day will begin with an overview of hunting and its significance in the medieval period, and the sources available for the study of parks in general.
We will then move to examine in more detail the Suffolk parks of the medieval aristocracy (both lay and ecclesiastical) and those of the lesser nobles, followed by those parks which were established in the Tudor period.
Throughout the day we shall also pursue the themes of the geography of parks - the factors which influence the distribution and location of parks in the landscape.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Hunting and parks in medieval England; and an outline of Suffolk’s parks  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Suffolk parks of the lay nobility  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Suffolk parks of bishops and abbots  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Suffolk’s Tudor parks  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Rosemary Hoppitt

Since completing her first degree in Geography and Archaeology in which she specialised in historical geography and British archaeology of the Roman and medieval period, Rosemary has pursued a career teaching Geography. She has also been active in promoting history and archaeology to the public via her previous roles as curator to Woodbridge Museum and as chairman of the Sutton Hoo Society. Her main interests lie in landscape development, and she has worked specifically on medieval moated sites, dovecotes, rabbit warrens and parks, contributing entries to the Suffolk Historical Atlas on both warrens and parks. She completed her PhD on Suffolk Parks from the 11th to the 17th centuries in 1992, and more recently she has been investigating the Domesday parks of Suffolk in more detail both via documentary sources and via fieldwork.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Almond, R., Medieval Hunting (Sutton 2003)
Burrow, J.A. (ed), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (London 1972)
Cummins, J., The Hound and the Hawk (London 1988)
Danielsson, Bror (ed), William Twiti, The Art of Hunting (1327) (Stockholm 1977)
Baillie-Grohman W.A. and F. (eds) , Edward Duke of York (c. 1410), The Master of Game (London 1909)
Liddiard R. (ed.), The Medieval Park. new perspectives (Windgather 2007)
Marcel, T., & A.François, The Hunting Book of Gaston Phœbus (London 1998)
Rooney, A., Hunting in Middle English Literature (Cambridge 1993)


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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