PUBLIC TALK: The medieval history and archaeology of Brancepeth Castle, Cou...

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Brancepeth Castle

Brancepeth

DH7 8DF

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Brancepeth Castle has been the home of the Dobson family since 1978. Listed at grade I, it has its origins in a defended residence built in c. 1398, although a castle at Brancepeth was first mentioned in 1216. Despite this long pedigree, the site has tended to be dismissed by architectural historians as a ‘sham’ castle – ‘operatic scenery’ as Pevsner would say – due to extensive re-modelling in the 19th century.

In November 2018, Historic England commissioned a research project into the remains of the medieval castle. This is being led by Penny Middleton of Northern Archaeological Associates, an independent heritage and archaeology consultancy based in County Durham.

The discoveries made during these investigations will be presented in this public talk, which will cast fresh light on the site’s historical and archaeological significance.

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The talk will start promptly at 2pm (doors open at 1.45pm). For those who wish, there will be an opportunity to visit the medieval cellars following the talk. The event will finish at 4pm.

Please note that the cellars are accessed via several flights of stairs and light levels within the spaces are subdued.

Car parking and refreshments will be available from 1pm. Guests are welcome to look around the outside of the castle and visit the neighbouring grade I listed St Brandon’s Church. Refreshments (hot drinks, homemade bread and soup, and homemade cakes) will be available in the ‘Castle Crafts and Bookshop’ located within the courtyard. The ‘Belle and Blossom’ tearoom in the castle gatehouse will also be open.

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