Tuesday 27th July – Town Centre walk, Angel and Royal medieval inn, Ellys Manor House, Boothby Pagnell Manor House, optional walk from North Witham to South Witham, Tickencote church, Vespers and evening talk (The Heraldic Funeral: Its Purpose and Meaning by Julian Litten Phd, FSA) in Stamford. Overnight in Stamford.
Dr Julian Litten, The Heraldic Funeral: Its Purpose and Meaning St Martin’s Church, Stamford, 6.30pm
As England’s foremost funerary historian, Julian Litten has provided advice for the Pontefract to Fotheringhay project team and is to give a talk that has immediate relevance to the reburial of the Duke of York. Julian’s expertise in interment is long-standing. He says that the subject found him: ‘In 1970 I was involved in excavating a church in Greater London after its destruction by fire. The agreement with the PCC was that we would not disturb any of the burial vaults, but the roof of one gave way and I fell in. Luckily for me it was an extensive chamber and, having recorded and published the contents, subsequently received a number of requests to look at other vaults. By 1990 I had probably seen about 500 vaults in England and had sufficient information to put together a history of the post-Reformation coffin. This led to further research on the post-Reformation funeral trade and, subsequently, to The English Way of Death in 1991.’
Julian’s doctoral thesis, at Cardiff University, was on Post-Reformation Vault Burial in English Churches, 1550-1850. He devised the burial of the Unknown Mariner from the Mary Rose at Portsmouth Cathedral in 1984, was consultant to Westminster Abbey in 1987 for the re-display of its collection of royal funerary effigies, and staged the re-enactment of the heraldic funeral of Prince Arthur (d.1502) for Worcester Cathedral in 2002. His English Way of Death: The Common Funeral since 1450 has been reprinted on four occasions in revised editions. He is the Founder of the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, Chairman of the Friends of King’s Lynn Cemetery, Patron of Birmingham Brandwood End Cemetery, and a member of the English Heritage/Church of England Human Remains Advisory Service. Julian served for thirty-three years on the senior curatorial staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum. From 1999 to 2004 he was Visiting Lecturer in Built Heritage and Conservation at Canterbury Christ Church University College. He was a member of the Cathedrals Advisory Commission for England between 1985 and 1990 and subsequently of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England from 1991 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Wednesday 28th July – Tour of Stamford, Browne’s Almhouses, churches, Longthorpe Tower Peterborough, Apethorpe Manor, Overnight in Stamford.
Thursday 29th July – Barnack stone quarries and church, optional walk of part of the route Wansford to Nassington, Nassington Prebendal Manor, Fotheringhay Castle and church, Commemorative Compline, coach to drop off at mainline stations and return to Wakefield.
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