An online talk looking at the buildings archaeology of enigmatic Greasley Castle (Nottinghamshire) – once the home to one of Richard III’s commanders.
During 2021, the remains of Greasley Castle were surveyed by Triskele Heritage. The aim of the project was to try and unpick traces of a mid-fourteenth century courtyard castle, built for Nicholas, 3rd Baron Cantelupe, from the later post-mediaeval farmyard buildings. The work was funded by the Castle Studies Trust.
This talk outlines the findings of the buildings archaeology survey. For the first time it is possible to understand the structure, layout, size and phasing of Greasley Castle. Surprisingly, the castle once had a great deal in common with other contemporary sites including Haddon Hall (Derbyshire) and Strelley Hall (Nottinghamshire). The story of the castle is one of the meteoric social rise of the Cantelupes family, the loss of the site by one of Richard III’s captains after Bosworth and its gradual transformation into a working farm.
The speaker, James Wright (Triskele Heritage), is an award winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades professional experience of ferreting around in people’s cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the mediaeval period. He is the author of the popular Mediaeval Mythbusting Blog.