Thursday, September 27, 2012

EMAS Field Trip to Farnham Castle, etc.

EMAS Field Trip to Farnham Castle Keep, 
Witley Church and Compton Churches, Surrey 
Saturday, 3rd November 2012

David Beard will be our guide for this day trip to Surrey.

Farnham Castle has the remains of a 23 sided polygonal keep which follows the motte outline of this motte and bailey castle.  The keep is entered through a gateway tower.  Domestic apartments were added on this site in the 12th century and they would have been quite sumptuous.

We will then visit All Saints, Witley, which displays several periods of architecture.  Two double-splayed windows reveal the height of the original Saxon nave, though now Saxo-Norman with an interesting Norman doorway.  The chancel, crossing tower and south transept is Early Gothic, but the font and unusual piscina is later in the 13th century.  The 12th century wall paintings, depicting the life of the Virgin, are part of the school of painting connected with the Cluniac Priory at Lewes.

After lunch we will visit St Nicholas, Compton.  It has a Saxon tower, but one of the most amazing features of this church is a Romanesque two-storeyed sanctuary consisting of a vaulted chamber and a chapel above, which was added to the chancel in the late 12th century – the associated guard rail with this feature is one of the oldest pieces of woodwork in the country.  c.1180 the nave was also much enlarged with Romanesque influences in style.  However the font is Early Norman.

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Day School: Landnám: The Viking Settlement of Iceland

Landnám: The Viking Settlement of Iceland
A Day School by David Beard M.A.
Wednesday, 31st October 2012

This day school will use the evidence from archaeology, history and literature to examine the Viking settlement of Iceland.

Iceland is unique in Viking Age settlements in having near-contemporary written evidence of the Landnám (the ’land-taking’) in the form of the Landnámabók and the Islendingabók. These documentary sources, together with the evidence from recent archaeological excavations, give us a good insight into the nature of the settlement of Iceland.  In particular, the important series of excavations at Mosfell will be examined in detail.

The evidence of the Sagas, particularly the Islendingasögur, needs to be handled with care, but it can help to give a clearer picture of life in Iceland during the Viking Period as well as being enjoyable reading in its own right.

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The field trip to Surrey will be counted as the last of the 2011-2012 season.  Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2012-2013 Programme will be sent out in late October/November with the renewal of membership forms.
Friday, December 14th has been reserved for the Christmas Presidential Lecture and details will be confirmed in the forthcoming Programme.  The venue for our lectures will continue to be the Museum of London.
You may also wish to note the date of Saturday, 12th January 2013, as a tour around the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been booked for EMAS.
The two EMAS Study Tours in 2013 will be to North Yorkshire (28 March-3rd April) and to Iceland (2nd-7th June).  Further details will be available in the near future.
I look forward to seeing members again soon.

With good wishes,

Rosemary Yeaxlee
24th September 2012