6.30pm Drinks, 7pm Talk
Professor Christopher Norton is the foremost expert on the Wessex decorated floor tile industry, which began in the mid-13th century. In this talk, he will discuss the ‘King’s Pavement’, made at Clarendon Palace for Henry III circa 1237-45 and almost certainly inspired the Wessex industry, whose distinguishing characteristics can all be traced directly to Clarendon’s Group II tiles (circa 1250-52), chiefly associated with the ‘Queen’s Pavement’, made for Eleanor of Provence. Its tiles, with their familiar bird and lion motifs, probably just predate those still surviving in the Muniment Room of Salisbury Cathedral and the Retrochoir of Winchester Cathedral, the designs of which are identical or very similar.
Please note, this lecture will take place at Sarum College in Salisbury Cathedral Close