The 2016 Edward II Field Trip

Berkeley 2016

For many years students studying the reign of Edward II in their final year retrace the final journey of the King in 1327. In this image Tom Beech, Rachel Church and Ryan Keys examine the tomb of Thomas Berkeley III in Berkeley church. Berkeley had custody of the King at his adjacent castle after the deposition and until Edward’s sudden death in September 1327. The field trip also visited Tewkesbury abbey, the patronal church of the Clare earls of Gloucester¬† and later target of the patronage of Hugh Despenser the younger, Edward’s favourite, and Gloucester cathedral, the site of the king’s tomb. After a night outside Cardiff, where Edward landed after four day’s difficult sailing between Chepstow castle and the city, the group also visited Caerphilly castle where Edward’s treasure was housed, and where his favourite, Hugh Despenser, had rebuilt the castle’s great hall.

Highlights of this year’s trip included the chance to examine the back of the King’s tomb in Gloucester, as well as the original tiled flooring under which an entrance was made to examine the King’s coffin in 1855.