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Medieval Myths and Walsall’s Wands – Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019: Medieval Myths and Walsall’s Wands  

The Bayard’s colts are a set of 17 clubs held at the Walsall Leather Museum whose mysterious origins have intrigued people for centuries. On Wednesday 3rd April there will be a special free event at the Walsall Leather Museum which is open to the public. As well as seeing the Colts on display, Dr Marianne Ailes of the University of Bristol will be giving a talk about their history and a local storyteller will be retelling the Medieval legend of Bayard. Light refreshments will also be available. 

While the event is free please book in advance to help with catering. To book a place, please email charlemagne-icon@bristol.ac.uk

For more detail please see the attached flyer: Walsall’s Wands flyer

 

Saturday 11th May 2019: Castle Pulverbatch

Saturday 11th May 2019: Castle Pulverbatch

Castle Pulverbatch is recognised as one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in the county. In 2017 a programme of geophysical survey and UAV survey at Castle Pulverbatch took advantage of recent scrub clearance by the Friends of Castle Pulverbatch. This site visit, led by Giles Carey,  Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment Records Officer, will look at the castle in the light of the recent survey work.

Meet at the castle at 2.15pm. There is parking the White Horse Inn (NGR: SJ 424 024) with limited parking at the castle itself. Cost: £3.00

Saturday 13th April 2019: ‘An Anglo-Saxon hall at Atcham: excavations and explorations in 2017’

Saturday 13th April 2019: ‘An Anglo-Saxon hall at Atcham: excavations and explorations in 2017’ – a talk by Dr Roger White

Cropmarks of two or three timber buildings were revealed by photography in 1975 on a gravel ridge near Atcham, Shropshire. This site is unique in the West Midlands and probably represents the centre of power of an important Saxon overlord. Following a geophysical survey of the site in 2011, Dr Roger White of Birmingham University and Janine Young of the National Trust carried out trial excavations on the site in June 2017. This talk will explore the site and the recent investigations. 2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

The view from above: recent survey work at Caus Castle and Castle Pulverbatch

Over the past couple of years, a series of non-intrusive surveys have been undertaken at Caus Castle, Westbury, and at Castle Pulverbatch in Shropshire, funded generously by the Castle Studies Trust. The surveys at both sites have employed a nested methodology – large scale topographic survey (using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV], or drone), focused conventional analytical earthwork survey and detailed geophysical survey.  The underlying principle has been that, by comparing and contrasting the results of different survey techniques, maximum information can be gained about these sites.

Work at Caus Castle (sited on private land) was largely concentrated on the relationship between the motte and bailey castle and the associated 12th and 13th century borough.  Earthwork evidence of the borough itself was quite slight, although some possible house platforms were seen.  Earthwork survey allowed the analysis of the hitherto under-examined inner bailey of the castle – mapping the inner courtyard in detail, as well as pointing to some possible early 17th century garden earthworks.

UAV image of Castle Pulverbatch, in context of the village which has been suggested as a planned settlement. © Aerial-Cam, 2017.

Castle Pulverbatch is recognised as one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in the county. In 2017 a programme of geophysical survey and UAV survey at Castle Pulverbatch took advantage of recent scrub clearance by the Friends of Castle Pulverbatch. Detailed resistivity and magnetometry survey was undertaken of all available areas in both the inner bailey on the northeast side of the motte, and the large outer bailey that lies to the northwest. Analysis of the results suggest in situ building material, particularly within the inner bailey, coinciding with earthwork features seen on the drone survey.

Giles Carey, Historic Environment Records Officer, Shropshire Council.

For a fuller account of these surveys please follow this link: Recent survey work at Caus Castle and Castle Pulverbatch

To see 3D models of the surveys, please follow these links:

Caus overall model:

https://sketchfab.com/models/f9b556632b7d496eb25acab738eeb987

Caus, detailed model of W end of outer enclosure:

https://sketchfab.com/models/cc0d89a4ee7e46258ca8a5f2f98ed849

Castle Pulverbatch (textured):

https://sketchfab.com/models/d3ffa9542b3f45a097e18d6b9b274e0f