Author Archives: Douglas Cawthorne

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.

Stoneywell Cottage – Arts and Crafts Ideology and Contradiction

The City of Leicester is well-known for its connections to the Arts and Crafts movement for instance with the Leicester School of Art and the Dryad Cane and Metal works. The purchase by the National Trust in 2013 of Stoneywell … Continue reading

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Merlin Works Roman Bath House – Leicester

In the summer of 2007, colleagues at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services Unit (ULAS) discovered the remains of what may be a Roman bath house on Bath Lane in Leicester (see excavation plan below left – courtesy of ULAS). … Continue reading

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Ellys Manor, Lincolnshire – Laser Scanning Late Medieval Allegory in Architecture

Ellys Manor is a small, privately owned and well preserved English wool-merchant’s house dating from the late fifteenth century whose design has been substantially influenced by European Hanseatic merchants’ houses. It is important in understanding the Northern Renaissance’s influence in … Continue reading

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Celtic Monasticism and Benedictine Architecture on Iona

This month we were afforded the marvellous opportunity to visit the early Celtic Christian site of Iona Abbey on the west coast of Scotland. It was founded by St Columba who was a scion of the ruling Uĺ Néill family … Continue reading

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Radicalism and Architecture in Tudor England

Rushton Triangular Lodge is one of the most curious buildings of the late Elizabethan period. Built between 1593 and 1597 by Sir Thomas Tresham who was father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters, Francis Tresham its located on his familay … Continue reading

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The Borders Textile Towerhouse

A recent visit to Hawick in the Scottish Borders was an opportunity to visit the oldest building in this charming county town of Roxburghshire. The Black Tower as it once known was built by James Douglas of Drumlanrig in the … Continue reading

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Reconstructing St Mary’s Vicarage at the time of Leicester’s “Riot” in 1524

Last year (2016) the DBHG undertook a large digital reconstruction of the Newarke area of Leicester, looking at its development since the Late Medieval period. This extensive animated reconstruction is now on show in De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre  which … Continue reading

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Stirling Castle – Jacobean Fortification & Renaissance Palace

Stirling Castle is lies at the most the strategically important location in Scotland, guarding the main north south route between the highlands and the lowlands and the east west route from the Clyde valley to the Forth estuary and controls … Continue reading

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The 14th Century Master Mason John Lewyn and the Durham Episcopal Throne

A recent visit to Durham was a welcome opportunity to re-examine its Cathedral, one of the finest early Norman buildings in England. Much has been written about its seminal place in the development of English medieval architecture but it was … Continue reading

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Eilean Donan Castle – Models and Projection Mapping

Visiting historic buildings rarely comes more spectacular (in a rugged grandeur kind of way) than a visit to Eilean Donan Castle This 13th century icon of Scottish medieval architecture sits on a tidal island in Loch Duich near the Isle … Continue reading

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