A key mystery of the National Trust’s Stourhead Estate was the location of the predecessor of Stourhead House, known as Stourton Castle or Old Stourton House. Only a single drawing survives and this shows a great medieval residence to have been the size of a Lacock Abbey.
In July this year, following clues from historic maps and geophysical survey, National Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth with a team of volunteers, excavated a group of trenches in the parkland in front of Stourhead House.
Would Stourton Castle be revealed in the 10 days available? Despite all the earlier research; success was not guaranteed.
This talk will provide the background to the search for Stourton Castle and then consider what the archaeological trenches eventually revealed.
Tickets: £7 (£4.50 WANHS members; £3 students) – booking essential.
Date: Saturday 25 November
Time: Start 2.30 pm
Location: Wiltshire Museum (we are not able to make this a 'hybrid' event)
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image (c) Wiltshire Museum (DZSWS:1982.7954, by Wheatley, W W (artist); Aubrey, J)