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The English Civil War at Longhedge, near Old Sarum

The English Civil War at Longhedge, near Old Sarum on Monday, 15 February 2016. I’ve written before about the military on this site, in that case the WW2 remains. This is a feature from a slightly different period. This roughly square feature, with further squares on the corners, was first seen in the

King Charles I’s Shakespeare Second Folio displayed at Windsor Castle

A collection of Shakespeare's plays annotated by King Charles I while he was in captivity awaiting execution is to be displayed at Windsor Castle. The Shakespeare in the Royal Library exhibition features the Second Folio inscribed by the king with the Latin phrase "Dum Spiro Spero". It means "while I breathe, I

Hull’s historic Beverley Gate protected by ‘Scheduled Monument’ status

ONE of Hull's most historic monuments has been crowned an archaeological site of national significance by the Department for Culture Media. On advice from Historic England the Government announced this afternoon protection over Beverley Gate, where King Charles I was refused entry into Hull in 1642, widely regarded as the spark

Grant to prepare £1m Naseby visitor centre bid

A project to build a visitors' centre, costing more than £1m, for the site of one of most key battles in English history has won a lottery grant. Naseby Battlefield Project (NBP) wants to build the centre at the Northamptonshire site of the decisive battle of the English Civil War. The Heritage

The lost library of John Dee

The Royal College of Physicians library holds more than 100 volumes stolen from John Dee during his lifetime, the largest single collection of Dee’s books in the world. Visit our exhibition: ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee’ - 18 January 2016 to 29 July 2016

17th century watch fetches almost £1 million at auction

A WATCH made by a 17th century Scots watchmaker has fetched almost £1 million at auction. The timepiece, a Royal oval astronomical watch with an engraved portrait of King James VI and I, had an estimate of up to £250,000 but sold for £989,000 at Sotheby's in London. To learn more, follow

Archaeology of the English Civil War in Wiltshire

The Archaeology of the English Civil War in Wiltshire is a large project being directed by WAFG members, Clive Dobson, Dan Miles and Jon Sanigar. This project aims to extensively record all English Civil War archaeology in the county, from battlefield site surveys to structural surveys, and artefact analysis to