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The Monastic Landscapes of East Anglia

Castle Acre

with Dr Richard Hoggett

at The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, October 13th 2012

Monasteries formed one of the most important and influential features of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval landscapes. Using examples from across the region, we shall examine the monastic landscapes of East Anglia. In particular, we will be looking at the development of the monastic cloister and precinct, the management of monastic estates and the effects of the dissolution.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day – all these subjects will be covered, but not necessarily in the advertised order.)
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Introduction to Monastic Landscapes
The day begins with a look at the nature of East Anglian monasticism and introduces some of the main themes which have characterised the study of monastic landscapes.
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Monastic Plan
This session focuses on the archaeology and architecture of the major monastic orders of the high medieval period, focussing on the monastic plans employed by the different orders.
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Monastic Precinct
The focus of the day broadens to look at the layout and workings of the wider monastic precinct, drawing on a number of examples from across East Anglia.
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Monastic Estates
Finally, we consider the management of monastic estates, looking in particular at the estates of Norwich Cathedral priory. The day concludes with the effects which the Dissolution had on the landscape of East Anglia.
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Richard Hoggett

Richard is the Community Archaeologist for Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service. He has taught extensively for the University of East Anglia and has given lectures and day-schools for many other institutions. He is the author of The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion and is currently writing about the Anglo-Saxon churches of East Anglia.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Aston, M., Monasteries in the Landscape (Tempus 2000)
Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford 2005)
Bond, J., Monastic Landscapes (Tempus 2004)
Coppack, G., Abbeys and Priories (Tempus 2006)
Foot, S., Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England, c.600–900 (Cambridge 2006)
Greene, P., Medieval Monasteries (Leicester University Press 1990)
Hoggett, R., The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion (Woodbridge 2010)
Pestell, T., Landscapes of Monastic Foundation (Boydell 2004)
Slavin, P., Bread and Ale for the Brethren (University of Hertfordshire Press 2012)


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