Historic Building Mythbusting

Join us at Southwell Minster in the State Chamber on 26 June for an afternoon of history, heritage, myth and legend debunked with Dr James Wright, FSA Buildings Archaeologist.

Go to any ancient building and there will be interesting, exciting, and romantic stories presented to the visitor. They are commonly believed and widely repeated – but are they really true? These stories include those of secret passages linking ancient buildings, spiral staircases in castles giving advantage to right-handed defenders, ship timbers used in the construction of buildings on land, blocked doors in churches which are thought to keep the Devil out, and claims to be the oldest pub in the country.

James Wright will explain the development of such myths and investigate the underlying truths behind them. Sometimes the realities hiding behind the stories are even more interesting, romantic, and exciting than the myth itself…

Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and are available from The Cathedral Shop (in person or 01636 812933) or online by clicking here.


Arrival from 2.30pm:
Refreshments (included in ticket price)
Dr Wright’s book will be for sale with signing

Talk: Historic Building Mythbusting of Nottinghamshire

Following the talk:
Book signing and sales

Event Details

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  • Venue: State Chamber