Archive for October, 2010

Medieval Woodland, Agriculture and Industry in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire

Rockingham Forest is the most intensively studied of Northamptonshire’s medieval forests.


Wharram Percy – a “lost” medieval village

Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village (DMV) site on the western edge of the chalk wolds in North Yorkshire, England.


“Souling” refers to when singers went about on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, November 1 and 2, to beg for cakes in remembrance of the dead. The “soulers,” as the singers were called, droned out their ditties repeatedly, tonelessly, without pause or variation. Shakespeare was familiar with the whining songs because Speed, in Two Gentlemen of Verona, observes tartly that one of the “special marks” of a man in love is “to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas.”

On this day…

1517 – Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg

Archaeological desk-based assessment #Derbyuk

In May 2008, ARCUS were commissioned by Norseman Investments undertake an archaeological desk-based assessment on land at Siddals Road and Copeland Street, Derby (SK 3579 3597). The assessment was required in association with a planning application for the redevelopmentof the site. The desk-based assessment comprised a site visit,documentary and cartographic research.

On this day…

30 October 1470

Queen Margaret, exiled in Scotland and later in France, was determined to win back the throne on behalf of her husband and son. By herself, there was little she could do. However, eventually Edward IV had a falling-out with two of his main supporters: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and his own younger brother George, Duke of Clarence. At the urging of King Louis XI of France they formed a secret alliance with Margaret. After marrying his daughter to Henry and Margaret’s son, Edward of Westminster, Warwick returned to England.

Edward IV had already marched north to suppress another uprising in Yorkshire. Warwick, with help from a fleet under his nephew, the Bastard of Fauconberg, landed at Dartmouth and rapidly secured support from the southern counties and ports. He occupied London in October.

Henry VI was restored to the throne on 30 October 1470. However, by this time, years in hiding followed by years in captivity had taken their toll on Henry. Warwick and Clarence effectively ruled in his name.

Warwick’s brother John Neville, who had recently received the empty title Marquess of Montagu and who led large armies in the Scottish marches, changed loyalties to support his brother Warwick. Edward was unprepared for this event and had to order his army to scatter. He and Gloucester fled from Doncaster to the coast, and thence to Holland and exile in Burgundy. They were proclaimed traitors, and many exiled Lancastrians returned to reclaim their estates.

Silbury Hill’s Anglo-Saxon makeover

Silbury Hill acquired its distinctive shape in more modern times, according to new archaeological evidence.

It is traditionally thought that the hill, with its steep banks and flat top, was conceived and completed in pre-historic times.

But new research presented in a new book suggests the final shape was a late Anglo-Saxon innovation.