Medieval

  • BARLEY HALL, YORK, c.1480
  • WALRAVERSIJDE MEDIAEVAL VILLAGE, near Ostend, Belgium, c.1465

    One of our most ambitious projects, this involved the rebuilding on their original site of four houses of the 'lost' fishing village of Walraversijde, and their furnishing and equipment with thousands of replicas based on the rich archaeological finds from the site itself. Evoking a section of the village in its mid-15th century heyday, the brick, timber and thatched houses represent those of a wealthy shipmaster, a poor fisherman and a provision merchant, along with a fully working bakehouse-cum-fish smokery.

    Over more than two years, we worked closely with the Flemish site archaeologists, and supervised a truly international team of craftspeople, including Welsh and English carpenters; English, Irish and Flemish thatchers; and local Flemish bricklayers. The massive internal timbers of the houses were crafted in the Welsh borders by John Nethercott and Co. (http://johnnethercott.co.uk/), shipped over to Belgium, and re-assembled on site.

    We also assisted with the interpretation of the site

    (Photos: Courtesy of Province of West Flanders, Hans Deneys and V.I.O.E)

    For the Province of West Flanders, 1997-2000 and 2004

    Walraversijde ( now known as 'Anno 1465') and its site museum are open to visitors: http://www.raversyde.be/en/anno-1465-0 . (English version available)

  • PEMBROKE CASTLE, PEMBROKESHIRE, c.1280
  • CAERPHILLY CASTLE, c.1275
  • NANTCLWYD HOUSE, RUTHIN, DENBIGHSHIRE, c.1475
  • TRETOWER COURT, POWYS, c.1465

WALRAVERSIJDE MEDIAEVAL VILLAGE, near Ostend, Belgium, c.1465

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