Lincoln Shell Keep

The Castle Studies Group warmly welcomes membership applications from individuals from all walks of life who are interested in the history, archaeology and architecture of castles and castellated houses of all places from the medieval to the early modern period.


Our regular News Bulletins, UK field-based Conferences and occasional overseas study trips provide opportunities for an interchange and discussion of ideas about this subject, while both our annual Journal and Bibliography are the leading English-language publications of original research and significant source material solely related to castle studies.


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Chepstow Castle - Outer Gate from the interior

Castle Studies and the Early Use of the Camera 1840-1914                                                 

Derek Renn Festschrift

Castle Studies Group

A tribute to the late Derek Renn

Journal 34 2020-21 Overview

The CSG Journal 34 2020-21 is  available See here for details

Kilpeck castle, Herefordshire

Shell-Keeps Revisited:

   The Bailey on the Motte

An essay by R A Higham on the history of shell-keeps, including a detailed analysis & gazetteer of 20 shell-keeps

Chepstow Castle from across the Wye - looking south. Samuel Hieronymous Grimm, 1780s. From the NMW ref: NMW A 11742. Not on view)