On Saturday 10 February starting at 10:00am and finishing approximately at 12:30pm at Lenton Grove at the University of Nottingham James Wright will talk about Ralpph, Lord Cromwell.
Rising from a Lincolnshire family of limited political influence, Ralph Cromwell became one of the most significant figures of the mid-fifteenth century. Linking structure to biography, the personality of a man on the rise from Lord of the Manor to Lord Treasurer of England is reflected in the power statements of his castles, great houses and ecclesiastical buildings. This can be contrasted with glimpses of the vulnerabilities and status anxieties bound up in his social identity with emphatic, yet revealing architectural statements revolving around his motto, heraldry, livery badges and repeated architectural devices. Those structures which he commissioned then went on to have an extraordinarily powerful legacy which lasted for over 150 years of English architecture.
James Wright is an expert on castles, and is currently doing a PhD at the University of Nottingham.
The Local History Seminars are organised by the University of Nottingham’s Department of History and are generally held on the second Saturday of the month at Lenton Grove. They are open to everyone with an interest in local and regional history. Booking is not necessary and the entry fee of £5 covers the cost of attending the seminar together with coffee and biscuits in the interval. The seminars start at 10.00 am and finish at approximately 12.30 pm.
Lenton Grove is most easily accessed via the West Gate (Beeston) on the main campus and is marked on the map below. There is roadside parking approximately 100m beyond Lenton Grove, just past the School of Humanities building.
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