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Durham World Heritage Site lecture series 2018 - Inaugural Lecture

(11 January 2018)

Martin Roberts will launch the first event in the 2018 series with his lecture entitled 'Landscapes of Supply: the Medieval Granges of Durham Cathedral Priory' on Wednesday, 24 January at 6pm in room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green. This lecture is free to all but places are limited. Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Durham Cathedral was sustained, day by day, year on year, by the Benedictine Priory that not only worshipped in the church, clothed, fed and watered its monks, but also maintained the built fabric of the whole monastic community. To achieve this, a complex Priory economy relied, in large part, on extensive rural manors or granges throughout County Durham. Farms produced food, woodland and quarries produced building materials. The talk will examine this extensive ‘landscape of supply’ in terms surviving standing buildings and archaeological sites.

Martin Roberts trained as an architect, then specialised in conservation. He spent many years as Durham City’s Conservation Officer, then 11 years as Historic Buildings Inspector for English Heritage in the North East. Alongside published research in local and national journals, he has written books on Durham City and Durham University. In retirement, he is working on a revision of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England volume on County Durham. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

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