Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Berkeley Show 2014

Despite a wet Berkeley Show, Friends and visitors were welcomed onto the Friends stand to relax and share a drink......

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

FoBC Summer Party

It was our annual Summer Party at the Castle last Sunday.  As usual, the Pimms was flowing freely, there were canapés a-plenty and to round off a perfect evening, the sun even shone!


Man the battlements!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Kentchurch Court Visit, June 2015

The Friends visited Kentchurch Court in Herefordshire in June - as usual, a good time was had by all!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Battle of Agincourt, 1415, & Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Next year sees two highly significant anniveraries:  the 600th anniversary of Henry V's famous victory at Agincourt and the 200th anniversary of Wellington's defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.

We are hoping to mark these momentous occasions with two great talks at Berkeley Castle during 2015 and are in dialogue with eminent historians to reserve slots in their diaries.

Watch this space!

Long Bow

Take aim.......

This long bow has recently been made for the Friends and will soon be on display in the Castle.

Berkeley Archeological Dig Tour, June 2014

What a fascinating afternoon the Friends had when we recently visited the Berkeley Dig. Dr Stuart Prior met us near "The Yurt" where he began by telling us about the now almost certain existence of a Minster at Berkeley which, according to their findings, would have been roughly the same size as the one at Winchester.

Moving on to the old gift shop, we heard from an enthusiastic Stuart that their discoveries told them that the original siting of the Castle keep and its towers was quite different to what we have been led to believe! Ditches, walls and doors which lead to nowhere have convinced him that the Castle is not all that it appears to be!

On walking down to the Paddock, Stuart proudly showed us his "Trench of Many Ages"! Evidence has emerged of Roman, Saxon and Norman times and at the time of our visit, a Tudor Inn, complete with pig-pen was being excavated by the University students.

It's truly amazing what digging and scraping can reveal, and we're very lucky to have Stuart in charge of the Berkeley Dig.