The CSG’s 33rd Annual Conference 2019

Castles of The Thames Valley & East Midlands

based near Northampton

Thursday  April 11th  -  Sunday April 14th 2019

Further details of the full conference will be added shortly.

Part I: Optional extra day Wed April 10th

There will be an optional extra pre-conference day on Wednesday April 10th covering approx. 10 mottes and ringworks in south and east Northamptonshire. Because this will be an early start, with possibly a small coach/minibus prospective delegates might like to consider stopping the night on Tuesday. For these nights delegates should book direct with the Hilton hotel, 100 Watering Lane Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XW. (It is just off Junction 15 M1)

The bed and breakfast rate for the extra Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday nights (if you are arriving early or staying an extra night are specially negotiated - £95 (single occupancy) or £105 (double occupancy). To benefit from this rate you must be a bona fide CSG member and should contact Aimee Potter at the Hilton Hotel as soon as possible. These rates are subject to availability. (Tel: 01604 707568 email & mention CSG Conference.

The provisional list of mottes / ringwork sites are as follows: Brinklow, then Lilbourne (x2), Long Buckby, Towcester, Culworth, Sulgrave, Alderton, Castlethorpe, Little Houghton, Earls Barton, etc (not necessarily visited in that order). It is a full day, so please bring flasks and food. There will be an essential special mottes/ringworks handbook (approx £15.00) that will also cover the cost of the minibus/coach hire.

Please register your interest in either the ‘Pre-conference’ day, the full four day conference, or both, by email to the Conference organiser:, as early as possible as numbers are limited.

Part II

The full CSG Conference

Thursday April 11th - Sunday April 14th

Provisional Itinerary

Staying at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton (see details above)

The conference site visits will take us to the counties of Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Rather more travel than usual, but the main coach will have full on-board toilet facilities. The maximum number of delegates is 70, which is a full coach and a minibus.

Thursday, April 11th: Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror: from late morning (12.00 departure) Berkhamsted* (Hertfordshire), and if time, Farthingstone (Castle Dykes).

Friday, April 12th: The Castles of the Thames Valley - Continuing in the footsteps of the Conqueror: Oxfordshire: Bampton (Ham Court, early 14th century), Wallingford*, Oxford Castle* / town walls, Deddington* (motte with two baileys).

Saturday April 13th: Edwardian Castles of the East Midlands: Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and & the Soke of Peterborough: Rockingham* (Gatehouse 1260s to 1280s), Barnwell (c. 1265) ( Woodcroft (Peterborough), then Newark on Trent (Nottinghamshire) (Norman gatehouse/curtain, Edwardian wing on the Trent riverside).

Sunday April 14th: Lincolnshire: South Kyme Tower (photo stop only) Tattershall & Bolingbroke (all depending on timing and access availability

Please register your interest in either the ‘Pre-conference’ day, the full four day conference, or both, by email to the Conference organiser:  Download the booking form here

*Sites include mottes/ringworks