Category: Historical Ruins

#OTD 1351 Death & The Forgotten Plantagenet – Alice of Norfolk @PSHistory #WIP

Remains of Bungay Castle Towers, once a huge fortification incorporating a drawbridge and home of Alice of Norfolk, granddaughter of Edward I. (Image courtesy of Ashley Dace) On 14th November 1351 there is an entry in the Fine Rolls for William de Middleton, escheator in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk regarding Alice of Norfolk. … Continue reading #OTD 1351 Death & The Forgotten Plantagenet – Alice of Norfolk @PSHistory #WIP

Chepstow – the origins of settlement

Chepstow – the origins of settlement

As it's the anniversary of the death of William Marshal today in 1219, here is a snippet of info about the town of Chepstow. The promontory that Chepstow Castle and surrounds sit on appears to have never been inhabited prehistorically or by the Romans; Chepstow only became settled once the castle had been built between … Continue reading Chepstow – the origins of settlement

Caerphilly Castle – a military medieval castle considered one of the greatest in Western Europe

Caerphilly Castle – a military medieval castle considered one of the greatest in Western Europe

According to the Castles of Wales website, Caerphilly Castle is not only one of the greatest feats of castle building in Western Europe, but also the second largest in Britain (after Windsor), the first true concentric castle built in Britain and a 'revolutionary masterpiece of military planning' when it was built in the late 13th … Continue reading Caerphilly Castle – a military medieval castle considered one of the greatest in Western Europe

A Small Corner of a Forgotten Landscape

A Small Corner of a Forgotten Landscape

Northwick, in South Gloucestershire, was first mentioned in the Cartularium Saxonicum of 955 A.D. as Norowican.  Wic/Wick meant dairy farm.  It is in an ecological sensitive area with masses of history and archaeological evidence showing how the salt marshes leading down to the Severn Estuary have been utilised by peoples over millenia.  The area has … Continue reading A Small Corner of a Forgotten Landscape