Tuesday 19 June 2018, 7pm, Slingsby Village Hall.
A lecture by Steve Moorhouse: Landscape and settlement around Slingsby Castle in the medieval period and beyond.
Slingsby castle on first appearance looks like a ruin of a large 17th century country house; which it is. However, what is less obvious is that it sits on the original ramparts and basement structure of a medieval castle developed from the 13th Century onwards by the influential Hastings Family into a substantial castle with defences and an entrance gatehouse. It was all ready for action in the Wars of the Roses.
Its impact on a small medieval village and the land around it would have been considerable. What did that landscape look like and where were the vital buildings which supported it?
Steve Moorhouse is visiting lecturer at Leeds University and an archaeologist with an expertise in early landscapes and early forms of settlement that have disappeared. His particular interest is the medieval period, but he has also has considerable experience in the interpretation of the landscape.
NB. There has been a change to the July programme – instead of the 17 July talk, there will be a visit to Shandy Hall on 18 July – more here