Rare 13th century jug made at Laverstock, on loan from Salisbury Museum

Rare 13th century jug made at Laverstock, on loan from Salisbury Museum

Trowbridge Museum is now displaying discoveries from not one, but TWO former royal palaces, both used by the Plantagenet kings, both visited by King John, the monarch forced to agree to Magna Carta. One is Ludgershall Castle, once home of William Marshal’s father John, which became a royal hunting lodge. The other is Clarendon Palace, where John’s father Henry II produced the “Constitutions of Clarendon”, designed to reduce the power of the Church in England. This led to his great falling-out with Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was later murdered.

 

Medieval carving from Clarendon Palace

Medieval carving from
Clarendon Palace in the form of a cat’s head