Blaise Castle Hill history on show in Henbury lecture

One of my favorite places in all of England is Blaise Castle. That’s why when I stumbled upon this I felt inclined to share. UK Sexy Archaeologists take note:

A local historian is highlighting the history of Blaise Castle Hill in Henbury this month.

Andrew Chugg will be holding the talk on behalf of Henbury Conservation Society at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 27 April.

It will take place at Henbury Village Hall, near the local church and entry is free.

Blaise Castle Hill in the Blaise Estate is in fact “the original Henbury” and the name actually means lofty fortress in Anglo-Saxon.

It was originally an Iron Age hill fort but was adapted into a military base by the Romans in the 4th Century as part of the defences of the Severn Estuary against raids by Irish pirates.

The Roman base incorporated a temple, which became a chapel dedicated to St Werburgha around AD700 – its dedication was changed to St Blaise around 1400.

It was abandoned after the dissolution of the monasteries and its ruins were excavated to provide building stone for a small Summer House tower in 1707.

The famous Blaise Castle folly was constructed near the hill – by Thomas Farr – in 1766 to 1768 and still stands to this day.

Many other features, including three caves, were added by Humphry Repton and John Nash around 1800.

Blaise Castle was immortalised by being described as “the finest place in England” in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey.

From BBC Bristol

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