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Oxfordshire Castles

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 2:30pm

Oxfordshire is not a county normally associated with medieval castles, however there are well over one hundred in the county. The Thames Valley castles of Oxford and Wallingford are of particular importance and marked the first phase of the Norman Conquest of England. They were followed by castles which were involved in the redistribution of land from Saxon to Norman lord. In the twelfth century dozens of baronial and lordly castles were built by the new Norman elite and evidence of these is to be found throughout the county. Although lmany of these castles were later abandoned, a few such as that at Broughton and Sherborne survived into the era of the country house and are still occupied today. Trevor Rowley is a historian and archaeologist who has published extensively on Landscape history and the Normans. He was Deputy Director of Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education and is an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College. This talk was postponed from 2018.

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