Following their book Eardisley: its Houses and their Residents, Eardisley History Group instigated a number of research projects into the history of the wider parish. These included a geophysical survey and archaeological excavation of the castle; a building survey of some of the outlying farms and their barns; an evaluation of the varied earthwork remains at Bollingham and in an area known as The Pitts between The Field and Eardisley Wootton; and an account of the changes in the road pattern in recent centuries, and the various projected routes of the tramway.
This book sets out the results of these projects and includes analysis of the finds from the excavation at the castle site, including evidence of metal working – a discovery described as being of national importance. The castle was the seat of the Baskerville family, and new research by Bruce Coplestone-Crow reconsiders the various generations of Baskervilles in the 300 years following the Norman Conquest, clearly establishing the role they played in the history of the Marches and occasionally on the larger national stage.
This high-quality research and analysis is coupled with a wealth of photographs, maps and plans to provide a range of new and easily accessible information about the Parish of Eardisley and the Baskerville family.
Paperback | 240 pages | 242 x 171 mm | 2017
Over 130 colour and 50 b&w illustrations