CSG Conference 2019

The CSG’s 33rd Annual Conference 2019

Castles of The Thames Valley & East Midlands

based near Northampton

Thursday  April 11th  -  Sunday April 14th 2019

Further details of the full conference will be added shortly, but see below:

Optional extra day Wed April 10th

There will be an optional extra pre-conference day on Wednesday April 10th covering at least 10 mottes and ringworks in south and east Northamptonshire. Because this will be an early start, with possibly a small coach/minibus prospective delegates might like to consider stopping the night on Tuesday. For these nights delegates should book direct with the Hilton hotel, 100 Watering Lane Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XW. (It is just off Junction 15 M1)

The bed and breakfast rate for the extra Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday nights (if you are arriving early or staying an extra night are specially negotiated - £95 (single occupancy) or £105 (double occupancy). To benefit from this rate you must be a bona fide CSG member and should contact Aimee Potter at the Hilton Hotel as soon as possible. These rates are subject to availability. (Tel: 01604 707568 email AimeePotter@Hilton.com & mention CSG Conference.

The provisional list of mottes / ringwork sites are as follows: Brinklow, then Lilbourne (x2), Long Buckby, Farthingstone (Castle Dykes), Towcester, Culworth, Sulgrave, Alderton, Castlethorpe, Little Houghton (recently part of the ‘Round Mound’s project), Earl's Barton, etc (not necessarily visited in that order). It is a full day, so please bring flasks and food. There will be an essential special mottes/ringworks handbook (approx £10-£15.00) that will also cover the cost of the minibus/coach hire.

Please register your interest in either the ‘Pre-conference’ day, the full four day conference, or both, by email to the Conference organiser: neil.guy@btinternet.com, as early as possible as numbers are limited.

The full CSG Conference

Thursday April 11th - Sunday April 14th

Provisional Itinerary

Staying at the Hilton Hotel, Collingtree, Northampton, just off the M1. (see above)

The conference site visits will take us to the counties of Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire. Rather more travel than usual, but the coach will full have on-board facilities.  

Thursday, April 11: Following the footsteps of William the Conqueror: from late morning/afternoon: Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire)*, Deddington (Oxfordshire)*

Friday, April 12: The Castles of the Thames Valley - Continuing in the footsteps of the Conqueror: Oxfordshire: Bampton (Ham Court), Wallingford* (actually in Berkshire), Oxford Castle* / town walls, Minster Lovell or Boarstall Tower (NT) (Bucks).

Saturday, April 13: Edwardian Castles in the East Midlands: Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire & the Soke of Peterborough: Rockingham*, Longthorpe Tower, Woodcroft (Peterborough), then Newark (Nottinghamshire) or Lincoln*

Sunday, April 14th: Lincolnshire: Tattershall & Bolingbroke / or Beverston (Gloucestershire) (depending on timing and access).

* These sites include mottes.

A full Prospectus is in preparation

A few others are under negotiation, in which cases some of the above may be omitted.

© 2018 Castles Studies Group.

Towcester motte Recreation of Berkhamsted castle Bampton (Ham Court), Oxfordshire Woodcroft Castle