A Tour of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxford

This blog post is on the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Iffley in Oxford, quite possibly the finest Romanesque parish church in all of England. The building dates from the late twelfth century and has been subject to remarkably little change. The west facade of the church is quite simply breath-taking, with beautiful rows …

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A Tour of the Medieval Defences of Southampton

Southampton in Hampshire is often overlooked as a heritage destination. This is perhaps understandable as it is a large and busy port, with the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester only a short distance away. Yet Southampton is fortunate enough to possess some of the best surviving urban medieval fortifications in England. This was due to …

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The Rhys ap Maredudd Rebellion and the Siege of Dryslwyn Castle in 1287

By 1283 Edward I of England had succeeded in conquering Wales, with the native Welsh dynasty of the house of Gwynedd all but wiped out. Yet the English conquerors were forced to contend with years of rebellions by the Welsh. One of these uprisings was led by Rhys ap Maredudd who took up arms against …

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