Unearthing Barnet: From castle to shopping centre

By adam corsini on 12 Mar 2014
Dan Nesbitt, Assistant Curator, bringing archaeology to the masses!

Dan Nesbitt, Assistant Curator, bringing archaeology to the masses!

In my previous blogs, I told the story of Geoffrey II de Mandeville, a wealthy baron in the reign of King Stephen. During the years of the civil war both King Stephen and his enemy Empress Matilda end up giving Mandeville permission to build a new castle anywhere on his land, which stretched from Berkshire to Essex. Archaeologists think that castle may have been the one found at South Mimms in the 1960s. Read the full postRead the full post

Unearthing Barnet: A good spot for a castle

By adam corsini on 3 Mar 2014
Arrowhead found at South Mimms

Arrowhead found at South Mimms

In my previous blog, I told the story of Geoffrey II de Mandeville and his wily ways at expanding his land and power during the 1140’s. We last left the story with both King Stephen and Empress Matilda having granting him permission to build a new castle anywhere he liked on his land, land that stretched from Berkshire to Essex. Read the full postRead the full post