Date(s) - 30/10/2021
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
The event will provide an overview of current work in Devon and Cornwall. It is provided free to members of the Devon and the Cornwall Archaeological Societies with no prior enrolement. A reminder will be circulated in the week before the event together with the link for joining. The programme may be subject to change.
If you are a member of CAS but havent recieved a link by the 29th of October please email email@example.com and it will be sent to you.
In the Middle Ages there were well over 1000 churches in Devon and Cornwall. The remains of these buildings survive in large numbers throughout both counties, both as standing structures and as buried archaeological remains. They provide a major resource for study – not only of the church itself but also of a wide range of related aspects of medieval life including craftsmanship, patronage, regional trade and the local economy. The day will present some of the most important studies of individual buildings undertaken in the two counties in the last decade, alongside thematic papers which examine some of the wider topics which are the subject of current research.
The event will be chaired by Bill Horner, President of the Devon Archaeological Society, and Caroline Dudley, President of the Cornwall Archaeological Society.
10.30 Introduction by Bill Horner followed by The Study of the Medieval Church in Devon and Cornwall: an introduction, John Allan (Exeter Cathedral Archaeologist)
11.00 Romanesque sculpture in Devon and Cornwall, Alex Woodcock (Independent Scholar)
11.30 Uncovering St Piran’s Oratory: archaeology and conservation of an iconic Cornish chapel, James Gossip (Cornwall Archaeological Unit)
12.00 St Nicholas Priory, Tresco, Isles of Scilly: archaeological recording and research 2019-2021, Charlie Johns (Heritage Specialist)
2.30 – 1.30 Lunch break
1.30 A church of ‘no interest’? Excavation and fabric analysis of St James, Jacobstowe, Devon, Stuart Blaylock (Independent Scholar)
2.00 Devon church recording: three case studies: High Bickington, Kingsteignton and St Peter’s, Tiverton, Richard Parker (Independent Scholar)
2.30 Church exteriors – naked or clothed?, Jo Cox (Keystone Historic Buildings Consultancy)
3.00 – 3.30 Break
3.30 Inside first! Reconstructing medieval church interiors in Cornwall and Devon with special reference to rood screens and lofts, Jo Mattingly (Independent Scholar)
4.00 The Archaeology of Exeter Cathedral, John Allan (Exeter Cathedral Archaeologist)
4.30 – 5.00 Concluding discussion and close