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Lepers, Pilgrims and Roundheads: Excavations at Bartlemas Chapel, Cowley, by Archeox (the East Oxford Project)

Lecturers: David Griffiths and Jane Harrison
Date: January 9th 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Place: Rewley House

St Bartholomew’s (often known as Bartlemas) Chapel was founded as a leper hospital by Henry I in the early 12th century, near a spring or well, beside the road leading east in and out of Oxford. It was taken over by Oriel College in 1328 (when the chapel was rebuilt), and was subsequently used as a depot and source of lead for musket balls by parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War, after which it was again substantially renovated. Later used as a temporary cholera hospital and a farm building, the chapel has in more recent times been brought back into religious use. It remains an oasis of beauty and calm, just off Cowley Road. It retains its relationship to its precinct and landscape, and to the two other fascinating historic houses bordering the site. The Archeox Project (Archaeology of East Oxford) was fortunate to be able to excavate there in 2011, and identified the early chapel foundations together with more ephemeral surrounding buildings. A series of medieval inhumations and several charnel pits were exposed and sampled, revealing cultural and biological data about the medieval and post-medieval communities, including direct evidence for leprosy. This lecture will be based on the archaeological, palaeopathological and historical contributions of a large number of Archeox volunteers, notably the osteologist Dr Anthea Boylston and the historian Dr Graham Jones. Reports: see www.archeox.net

Dr David Griffiths is Reader and Associate Professor in Archaeology and Dr Jane Harrison is Senior Associate Tutor in Archaeology, both at OUDCE.

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The Society's speaker meetings and committee meetings are held in Rewley House, Oxford (marked R).

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There are metered parking spaces on the west and north sides of Wellington Square. More spaces are normally available on the west side of St Giles where it joins Woodstock Road. From here it is only a short walk down Little Clarendon Street and across Wellington Square to Rewley House.

Parking in Wellington Square is charged until 6.30p.m. and costs £3.00 for up to one hour and £5.00 for up to two. Park and Ride buses from Water Eaton, Pear Tree and Redbridge stop at the top of St Giles, a short distance from Rewley House.


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