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Crenels and Merlons

Talks - History; Talks - General Interest

Event Description

Crenels and Merlons explores the history of buildings with battlements. Originally a defensive structure they developed into status symbols, then picturesque additions, and finally symbols of a link with the past. We will see fantastic illustrations of castles, churches, country houses, and follies in our quest to discover the wide range of buildings on which battlements have been used. Expect to hear about sieges, displays of wealth, changes in building materials, the development of the romantic movement, and gothic revival via kings, cardinals, Jools Holland, and a twenty-year-old moated castle!

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
John Vigar

Meet The Speaker, John

John has been a professional historian and speaker for over 40 years. For much of that time, John also taught at the University of Kent as well as for the WEA and Denman College. His specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics.

Preparing for the Event

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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!