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'English Civil War' artefacts unearthed at Auckland Castle

Artefacts from what's thought to be the English Civil war have been unearthed at Auckland Castle. Archaeologists from Durham University have been excavating the site which will be open to the public at the end of the month.

Discoveries on site

The Auckland Castle Trust hopes to uncover 900 years of history.

Hundreds of years of history

After 10 days of digging in Bishop Auckland, remains of a building have been laid bare in a trench on an area close to the castle's Scotland Wing.

Working at the excavation site

Auckland Castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson, says the volume of debris is a 'puzzle and could suggest a very dramatic end' to what looks to be a substantial structure.

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Only surviving Tudor bed goes on display

A bed that dates back to the 15th century is going on display in the North East. It's the only bed surviving from the Tudor period and was designed to celebrate the wedding of Henry the 7th and Elizabeth of York - a marriage which brought peace and launched the Tudor dynasty.

It'll be shown to the public at Auckland Castle in County Durham.

Castle "fitting" place to exhibit Tudor bed

Dr Christopher Ferguson, Head Curator at Auckland Castle, said:

"Richard Foxe, former Bishop of Durham in the late fifteenth century, was a key supporter of Henry Tudor's claim to the throne of England. Foxe met Henry whilst exiled in France, and fought with him at Bosworth Field. He was his key diplomatic advisor and set up the marriage of Henry's daughter, Margaret, to King James IV of Scotland. It therefore seems fitting that Auckland is the first venue for this bed to be displayed to the public.

"Auckland Castle is already home to many important works of religious and secular art, such as the seventeenth century paintings of Francisco de Zurbarán. We're delighted to be able to showcase this historic treasure, the only remaining piece of early Tudor state furniture, here in North East England."

– Dr Christopher Ferguson, Head Curator at Auckland Castle

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