Sunday, 22 September 2019

Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, talk to the Friends on 12 September 2019.

A packed Great Hall was the venue for our latest talk, this time on the fascinating story of Henrietta Howard, a lively intellectual and unsung heroine of the Georgian Age, having been Countess of Suffolk, a royal mistress and then wife of George Berkeley.

Full report in the next edition of The Berkeley Buttress.

Tracy Borman with FoBC Chairman David Bowd-Exworth.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Thursday 17th October, at 3pm

The Stones of Berkeley Castle

A guided tour of Berkeley Castle exterior by Arthur Price,
 followed by Afternoon Tea in the Castle

Arthur Price specialises in building stone archaeology. 
He is a noted author and expert on Gloucestershire building stones having an in-depth knowledge of likely sources, with experience of working on ancient buildings and monuments such as Gloucester Cathedral including King Edward II’s tomb, Tewkesbury Abbey, Cirencester Church and 
many other buildings in the county.

Arthur has previously undertaken an inspection of the Castle. 
He will lead us on a walk around the walls, revealing a fascinating and often surprising story, 
both geological and historical, behind the building stones of Berkeley Castle;  
stones that mirrored the hopes and aspirations of a long line of careful owners.

Tickets £12 for FoBC members (£15 for non-members).  Booking essential.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

The Berkeley Buttress - Autumn edition.

This has now been dispatched to members, with news of Friends activities and details of 
forthcoming Friends events in September, October, November and December.

Details are also on the Events page of this website.
The Events order form is available for download on the Friends home page.

A highlight will be the American Thanksgiving Supper taking place on THURSDAY 28 November, 
when we will hear from those who are joining the FoBC trip to Virginia for the 400th Anniversary, earlier in November.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Thursday 12 September:  Date for your diaries.

Tracy Borman

Thanks to the Friends of Berkeley Castle from The Trustees of the Berkeley Castle Charitable Trust:

Extracts from a recent letter from the Chairman of the Trustees:  

"I think it is now quite noticeable what impact the cumulative work of the Friends has had on the Castle and its contents.  
In most rooms there is an item or items that have benefited from the generosity of the Friends and this, 
of course, extends outside of the main Castle building too.  

"In addition to the financial donations made towards tapestries, paintings, the sundial, gun carriages and other chattels, we are also enormously grateful for the voluntary work (undertaken by Friends) .......

"So much progress has been made in so many areas with Berkeley Castle in recent years and we Trustees are indebted to you, your committee and your members for the part that the Friends have played in that.   Please pass on my thanks."

Sunday, 7 July 2019

FoBC Members-only visit to Frampton Court: Thursday 4th July

Almost fifty FoBC members enjoyed a warm, sunny afternoon at Grade I listed Frampton Court, 
an early C18 house in the Baroque and Palladian styles, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Rollo Clifford.

We were first shown round the grounds, which include a fantastical Gothick orangery and a contemporary dovecote.  
Inside, the house was a mixture of formal architecture, Country Chippendale and  ‘mouseman’ furniture and family photos. 
The afternoon was rounded off with a delicious tea in the Grade I listed Wool Barn.

Photographs by David Bowd-Exworth

Visit to the Bristol University Archaeological Site in Berkeley

The 6th June FoBC visit to the Dig site in the Paddock was hosted by Professor Mark Horton 
who updated us on their discoveries:

a very deep ditch was found, possibly 4 metres deep and running north/south, 
which raises the issue of whether there was a Roman fort here, possibly 1st Century AD;
a sump or well that is probably 13th Century plus a rubbish tip from the same era 
in the south west corner of the site;
a “D” shaped buckle of indeterminate age;
a die made of bone that is possibly Tudor;
the vertebra of a porpoise, which was a high class example of Anglo-Saxon food.

This is the last year that Bristol University’s Archaeological team 
will be researching the Berkeley dig.

With thanks to Adam Waller for the photographs of Professor Mark Horton and team in action.