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The Norman Conquest of Box

Who were the Saxon & Norman Medieval Lords of Box?

Who indeed were the Medieval Lords of Box, the Saxons who were thrown out and the Normans that replaced them?

  • Were any of these men related to King William 'the Bastard' - later 'the Conqueror'?
  • Where did they come from, where did they go?
  • Why did they settle in Box?
  • What was Monkton Farley Priory & why was it so important?
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The Book  
My book aims to solve all of your burning questions about the Normans, their conquest of England & their exploits in Wiltshire.

You will learn about: 

  • Your potential connections to family trees
  • Battles for inheritance
  • Plottings & Parties
  • Trial by combat
  • Lords and tenants of Ditteridge and Hazelbury as well as Box

You will hear the history of places like:
  • Malmesbury
  • Trowbridge
  • Salisbury
  • Box

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Book (£5) plus P&P (£3) = £8



Book (€8) plus P&P (€7) = €15


Book ($10) plus P&P ($10) = $20

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  1. Cover Image
    The Book's Cover Image
  2. Special Collections & Archives
    Special Collections & Archives
  3. Dovecot at Wilcot Manor
    Dovecot at Wilcot Manor, childhood home of Maud de Bohun, nee Saliusbury
  4. Saxon Church
    Saxon Church of St Laurence, Bradford-on-Avon
  5. Inghalls Farm
    Inghalls Farm barn - probable site of 'The Hall' - home of the Bigods
  6. Malmesbury Abbey
    Malmesbury Abbey 2014, site of Saxon Abbey whose later Norman Abbot owned Ditteridge
  7. Henley Farmhouse
    Henley Farmhouse 2014, site of Saxon and Norman Farm owned by the Cypping Family
  8. Drewetts Mill
    Drewetts Mill in 2014, given to the Bigods by Humphrey de Bohun 1120s

About Me

Welcome to my website!

Box Church is named after Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury until 1170 when he was horribly murdered in his own cathedral. A drama about his life has taken place in Box Church every ten years since 1970. I wrote and produced the 2010 performance, ‘Becket from Box’, which told his story from the viewpoint of the people living in Box in the 12th Century. This involved finding out about the Normans who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. The necessary research led to this book.

I continue to be absorbed by the subject and have given talks in Box, Atworth, Bathford and Trowbridge over the past year and other planned talks are in place. Since the research tools are there I can adapt a talk to be of interest and relevance to audiences well beyond Box.

Some historians disapprove of the four first-person ‘stories’ in this book, dismissing them as ‘fiction’. However, I am encouraged by Hilary Mantel’s recent Reith Lectures in which she champions the role of historical fiction alongside the academic factual history book. Her point is that it gives access to history in a readable and enjoyable way. Reports back from people who bought my book certainly support Mantel’s point-of-view. I am surprised that they have been so surprised to have actually enjoyed it! I am now writing a second book which is all historical fiction.

Please comment, ask questions and offer any ideas that you may have - and, of course, if you're interested in having me to give a talk or have any questions, feel free to contact me

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