I decided to renew my annual membership of the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, a few weeks back and to take a wider interest in not only the artefacts on display there, but also to attend some of their lectures and behind-the-scenes displays. The museum is dedicated to local archaeology with excavations across the last 150 years … Continue reading History Facts: #7 Romans & Mosaics at Corinium
Yet another piece of history not far from our Lechlade village, the magnificent building which is The Great Coxwell Tithe Barn. 1. Built between 1300-1310 AD, 2. It formed part of the Faringdon estate of Cistercian monks 3. The monks were granted a royal charter earlier by King John of Magna Carta fame in 1203 … Continue reading History Facts: #6 Cistercians, King John, and a Barn!
The Church of St John the Baptist, Burford, is one of the largest in Oxfordshire, yet hidden away from the throngs of tourists swarming around this ancient Saxon-Medieval town. Here are the most interesting facts about it: 1. The church was built in the 12th Century and expanded during the 14th and 15th Centuries as … Continue reading History Facts: #5 Transepts, Tombs and Turret Clocks
St John The Baptist Church, Cirencester, is the largest church in Gloucestershire and is often referred to as The Cathedral of the Cotswolds. Here are the most interesting facts about it. 1. The chancel was built in 12th Century 2. The church overall was built in 15th Century 3. It was built using the money … Continue reading History Facts: #4 Anne Boleyn and The Cathedral of The Cotswolds
I first gazed upon an "original copy" of the Magna Carta about 10 years ago in Salisbury Cathedral. Housed in a special room and enclosed in a large glass case its size and look bears no resemblance to the power and influence this document has had on world history over 800 years. I also visited … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #6 Magna Carta; The True Story