Who were the Mortimers?

Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. To read more about this amazing family click here
THE RESULTS OF THE 2016 MHS ESSAY COMPETITION ARE NOW PUBLISHED - SEE BELOW

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 13th May 2017 - MHS SPRING CONFERENCE - THE MEDIEVAL WELSH MARCHER LORDSHIPS
9.30 for 10.00 in the Auditorium at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Mill Street, Ludlow.
Members £27.50 non-members £32.50 including a 3-course buffet lunch. Lectures on...
    The Development of the Marcher Lordships from 1066 to the Edwardian settlement - Dr Max Lieberman 
    The Design and Purpose of Castles in the Welsh Marches - Mike Salter 
    The Church and the March: on the Border(s) of Secular and Sacred
Dr Melissa Julian-Jones
    The View from the West: some Welsh reactions to the March
Dr David Stephenson
    The Marcher Lordships in decline?: Politics and Power in the century to 1536
Prof. Tim Thornton
 For full details and booking information click here

Sunday 14th May 2017 - The Wigmore Centre Project
This is a chance to visit the ancient church of St James in Wigmore and to hear more about the exciting Wigmore Centre Project. 11.00 Arrival and refreshments and then a talk about the project at 11.30. There is then the opportunity to visit Wigmore Castle, though the shell keep at the top is presently inaccessible. There is no parking by the church, so park either at the village hall or at the school (HR6 9UW).

Sunday 11th June 2017 - Field Trip: On the Teail of the Mortimers in Wales
Philip Hume, author of On the Trail of the Mortimers, will lead a tour to visit Presteigne and the site of the battle of Bryn Glas, Owain Glyndwr's great victory over an English army under Sir Edmund Mortimer in 1402. Meet at 10.00 at the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne. Members £3, non-members £4. For full details click here

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - MHS SUMMER LECTURE - REBELLION IN THE MARCHES
This promises to be a most interesting talk by Professor Matthew Strickland of Glasgow University.
At Grange Court, Leominster. More details later.

Saturday 7th October 2017 - MHS AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM
A whole-day event held in the Assembly Rooms in Ludlow. Note the date. More later.

The Results of the 2016 Essay Prize

Lady We were delighted to receive 9 entries in the first year of the competition and the judges commented on the high standard. 

FIRST PRIZE (£750)
Miraculous Marches: The Cult of Thomas de Cantilupe and the Mortimers
by Ian Bass
SECOND PRIZE (£300)
Legal Culture in a medieval marcher lordship: a comparative analysis of the Dyffryn Clwyd court rolls
by Angharad Jones

COMMENDED
Heartless, Witless, Graceless, Thriftless: Roger Mortimer and the Scots 1326-1328
by Ethan Gould
How to make an Entrance: an overlooked aspect of native Welsh masonry castle design
by Craig Jones
Networking through the March: a history of Hereford and its Region from the 11th through 13th centuries
by Matthew Lampitt
To read abstracts of these essays and biographies of the writers CLICK HERE

MHS Schools Local History Experience Day

On 9th June 2016 classes from eight local primary schools went to Ludlow Castle for a day of historical experience. This was the highlight of a programme of local history organised by the Mortimer History Society. The groups rotated around six different locations where they met a variety of "medieval" people who introduced them to a wide range of subjects relating to life in the Middle Ages and gave them the opportunity to learn some dances that were popular at the time. During the lunch break, a mounted knight arrived demanding the release of Sir Hugh Mortimer who had been imprisoned in the castle.

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THE MORTIMER HISTORY TRAIL

The publication by Logaston Press of On the Trail of the Mortimers has been a major event in the development of our Society. It is a guide to 17 sites with strong Mortimer connections in North Herefordshire, South Shropshire and Eastern Wales. Written by our Secretary, Philip Hume, it links each of the sites to the fascinating history of the family. Following the launch of the book in May, Philip has started an extensive tour of lectures and field visits throughout the region. The interest being generated in the Mortimers is way beyond our expectations. The book is selling extremely well and, encouraged also by Philip's lectures and visits, we are seeing an upsurge in applications for membership of the Society. For more information about the book click here

A Recent Mortimer Trail Field Trip

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                                        The group at Aston Tump                                    The 12th century tympanum
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On 16th July, 23 people enjoyed a field trip to explore some of the locations featured in 'On the Trail of the Mortimers'. The group met at Richard's Castle Village Hall and Philip Hume gave a short introductory talk that highlighted the importance of the Mortimer family and the wealth of Mortimer-related sites still existing in the local area. Philip then took the group on a tour of some of the less well-known places. These included:  
1 the castle and medieval church at Richard's Castle; this is one of the oldest castles in the country - one of only 4 built before 1066;
the fascinating church of St George's, Orleton, which contains examples of the work of the Herefordshire School of Renaissance Sculptors and also intriguing stone-carved heads dating from the early 1330s;
3 the motte and bailey castle at Shobdon, the Shobdon Arches, and the extravagance of the rococo church;
4 the day finished at Pipe Aston where the group were captivated by the enchanting small church of St Giles with its amazing tympanum and beautiful medieval floral decoration and then visited the site of the motte and bailey castle - the Aston Tump - which stands as a symbol of the violence and feuding of the anarchy of the mid 12th century in this now peaceful area.

SPRING CONFERENCE MAY 2016

Detailed reports on the conference will be included in the next newsletter sent to all members and will then be available on this website for members to access.

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the tourneying society of the Middle Ages          Intelligence and Intrigue in the Marches                  on Herefordshire deer parks

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