King Raedwald and Sutton Hoo


Abellio Greater Anglia ‘Raedwald of East Anglia’ © David Gill

Our Heritage Tourism project evokes King Raedwald. In one sense there is the debate over the view that Raedwald could have been buried at Sutton Hoo (see ODNB entry).

But King Raedwald is also in service with Abellio Greater Anglia (as a Class 90) on the Liverpool Street to Norwich line (change at Ipswich for Woodbridge and Melton for Sutton Hoo).

So next time you travel to Suffolk keep an eye out for Raedwald.

Travel Back in Time with King Raedwald


In March 2016 the Department for Transport announced a £1 million fund to make it easier to travel by rail. Minister Claire Perry MP has spoken about the ‘great ideas’ that had been put forward.

A group of us proposed a project, ‘Travel Back in Time with King Raedwald’. This will involve using proximity prompts to encourage visitors to move from viewing the Sutton Hoo finds in the British Museum, the UK’s top tourist attraction (see here), to the find-spot in Suffolk. The app will provide information about how to get to Liverpool Street, how to buy tickets, where to change (at Ipswich), and where to alight (Woodbridge or Melton). It will then have further details of where to buy food and coffee, and how to walk (or find other transport) from the station.

Minister Claire Perry MP announced the winners yesterday (“Rail tourism winners announced“, 25 May 2016). The competition “offers grants to rail operators for innovative ideas and trials and is aimed particularly at heritage railways and community rail partnerships. It hopes to encourage more tourists and make it easier to explore the UK by rail.”

‘Travel Back in Time with King Raedwald’ was one of the 17 winners and the team members are looking forward to delivering the project over the next year.

Claire Perry MP commented: “We want to show the best of British to our visitors and Heritage and Community Railways are part of that package. I am delighted that this project is one of 17 national winners across Britain. I look forward to seeing the scheme develop, providing another great reason to visit Suffolk.”

Kirkham Priory: Please Keep of the Walls


Kirkham Priory © David Gill

One of the few, perhaps the only, Ministry sign left at Kirkham Priory in Yorkshire is a standard warning to keep of the walls. This is now mounted outside the ticket office.

A similar sign can be found at the nearby Pickering Castle.

The Future of Suffolk’s Heritage


UCS and the Wet Dock, Ipswich Marina © David Gill

The HLF announced today that it had awarded £538,100 to the Stage 1 funding of ‘The Hold’, the working title of the new Heritage Centre that will include the Ipswich branch of the Suffolk Record Office (‘New Suffolk Heritage Centre wins HLF support‘, HLF Press Release, May 23, 2016). The Heritage Centre is a collaborative project between Suffolk County Council and University Campus Suffolk (to be known as the University of Suffolk from 1 August 2016).

The second stage of the project will be for £10.3 million to allow the construction of the new centre on the UCS North Campus (to the north of the Waterfront Building).

The aim of the project is ‘to create a flagship heritage facility to protect and promote the county’s archives, provide state of the art learning facilities, and engage more people in the history of Suffolk through an ambitious programme of community activity’.

The Stage 1 grant has been welcomed by New Anglia LEP (‘Proposed New Heritage Centre Receives Over £0.5million Grant‘).

Guidebooks to the Castles of Yorkshire


1966 [3rd impress. 1971]

A number of castles in Yorkshire are in State Guardianship and several were provided with a guidebook.



2001 [2007]

One of the oldest was the guide for Richmond Castle (1926) by Sir Charles Peers. It continued through at least 13 impressions, and then as the English Heritage guide (1985), until at least 1988. The present English Heritage guide is combined with St Agatha’s Abbey, Easy, and is by John Goodall (2001).

This was followed by the guide for Helmsley Castle by Sir Charles Peers (1932) that continued in press through six impressions to 1980. The present English Heritage guide is by Jonathan Clark (2004).


1998 [2014]

Peers also wrote the guide for Middleham Castle (1932) that continued in print through a 2nd (1978) and 3rd (1984) editions, the last as an English Heritage guide. The English Heritage guide was replaced with one by John Weaver (1993) and John R. Kenyon (2015).

Conisborough Castle’s first guide was by Michael W. Thompson (1959; 2nd ed. 1980), Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments, followed by Stephen Johnson’s English Heritage guide (1984). The present English Heritage ‘red’ guide is by Steven Brindle and Agnieszka Sadraei (2015).


1958 [1967]

Thompson was also responsible for the guide to Pickering Castle (1958) that continued as the English Heritage guide to the castle (1985). The present guide is by Lawrence Butler (1993; rev. 2013).

An illustrated guide for Scarborough Castle was produced in 1960. This was replaced by the English Heritage guide by Graham Port (1989). The present English Heritage guide is by John A.A. Goodall (2000).


1943 (repr. 1963)

The paper guide for Clifford’s Tower in York dates back to 1943. This was written by B.H. St. J. O’Neil. This appeared as a 2nd edition (1982) and then as an English Heritage guide (1984). The present English Heritage guide is by Jonathan Clark (2010).

Dorothy Charlesworth and guidebooks


1958 [8th impress. 1975]

Dorothy Charlesworth (1927-81) served as Inspector of Ancient Monuments. Her first contribution to a Ministry guidebook was to write ‘a note on the contents’ of the museum at the Roman site of Wall in Staffordshire (1958). This consisted of three unillustrated pages, including a note on a fragmentary milestone. The main part of the guide was written by Graham Webster (who also wrote the blue guide to Wroxeter).



In 1970 she wrote the official guidebook to Aldborough Roman Town and Museum, Yorkshire. The guide contained six pages on the museum (as well as some illustrations). There was a foldout plan of the town inside the back cover.


This was followed by a simple foldout guide to Hardknott Roman Fort (1972).

Garderobes at Hadleigh Castle


Hadleigh Castle © David Gill

Hadleigh Castle overlooks the Essex marshes and the Thames Estuary. Among the Ministry signs at the castle are two relating two garderobes.


Hadleigh Castle © David Gill

The castle is in the care of English Heritage.