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English Mediaeval Castles & Great Houses, James Wright, Lambley Historical Society
25 March, 7:30 pm
On Monday 25th March 2019 starting at 7:30pm at Lowdham WI Hall James Wright offers a little-regarded alternative viewpoint of life in English mediaeval castles: that of the ordinary folk. Using archaeological evidence gleaned from historic building survey, contemporary literature, artistic representations, graffiti and architectural history this talk presents the story of the masons, carpenters, cooks, clerks, servants, stable-hands and lower status visitors to great castles. Instead of studying towers, gatehouses and great halls here we delve into the kitchens, stables, staircases, cellars and garderobes to uncover evidence of the non-elite response to elite buildings.