A Firm Foundation

We really know about historic interiors. Our recreations are firmly based on decades of specialist research and study, and the examination of original decoration and furnishings.

Here are some of Charles Kightly's qualifications and publications.



[a] General and architectural history]

Strongholds of the Realm: A History of Fortifications in Britain
( Thames and Hudson 1977.)

Lords of the City: The Lord Mayors of York and their Mansion House
( York City Council 1980 )

A Mirror of Mediaeval Wales: Gerald of Wales and his journey of 1188
( CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments 1988 )

Caernarfon Castle and the Princes of Wales
( CADW 1991 )

Chieftains and Princes: A Power in the Land of Wales
( CADW 1994 )

Barley Hall: A Day in a Medieval Town House
( Wayland 1997 )

‘The Military Finds from the Siege of Oostende 1601-4’ : in Pieters et al.: Oostende: Stadsvernieuwing en Archeologie V.I.O.E, Brussels, 2005

[b] Historical Tourism and Guidebooks

The Treasures of Lincolnshire ( 50 Lincolnshire Churches )
Lincolnshire County Council, 1990

Churches of North-West Lincolnshire
West Lindsey District Council, 1990-1

Churches of the Western Wolds
West Lindsey District Council, 1991

Publicity leaflets for all monuments in the care of Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
Four times reissued annually 1995-8

Mediaeval Denbighshire
Denbighshire County Council, 1998 (twice reprinted to date)
New edition 2007

Denbighshire People and Places
Denbighshire County Council, 1999

Understanding Lincolnshire Church Interiors
Church Tourism Network 2000

Castles of the North-East Borderlands
Denbighshire/ Flintshire/ Wrexham Councils, 2002

Sacred Places of the North-East Borderlands
Denbighshire/ Flintshire/ Wrexham Councils, 2002

St.Michael’s, Discoed, Radnorshire: A History and Guide (2003)

Dinas Bran Castle: A Guide
Denbighshire County Council, 2003

Historical Text Editor: English Heritage Members Handbook, 2006-7; 2007-8; 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12. Fully revised version, 2012-3 . Continued 2013-4, 2014-5, 2015-6

Historical Text Editor: English Heritage Group Visits Guide, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-3, 2013-4, 2014-5, 2015-6

Farleigh Hungerford Castle: English Heritage Guidebook, 2006, reprinted 2012

'A View of Denbighshire' : County Guide
August 2007

Nantclwyd y dre: A detailed history [with Christopher J.Williams]
September 2007

The Interaction of Walraversijde Mariners with England c.1377-1500
Research report for Province of West Flanders as part of the European INTEREG IV A project Heritage and Maritime Memories in the 2 Seas Region.
November 2009

Pirates, Traders and Fishermen of Flanders
Revised report. For Province of West Flanders as part of the European INTEREG IV A project Heritage and Maritime Memories in the 2 Seas Region.
October 2011.

Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon: English Heritage Guidebook, published 2011

[c] Online Projects

English Heritage Portico project: entries on Farleigh Hungerford and Berry Pomeroy castles, 2013-4

Text for 8 sections [Prehistoric; Dark Ages; Earlier Mediaeval; Later Mediaeval; Tudors; Stuarts; Georgians; 20th Century] Story of England Online for English Heritage: online Summer 2014.

Text of all sections of English Heritage Heritage Schools Project Timeline [an aid for teachers of Key Stages 1-3] Online Autumn 2014.

[d] Historic Interiors and Site Guides

Recreating Mediaeval Interiors (Parts 1 and 2)
Articles in “Mediaeval Life”, Winter 1994, Spring 1995

“The Hangings About the Hall”: Wall Hangings in Late Mediaeval York
Article in “Mediaeval Life”, Autumn 1998

Barley Hall: A Guide
Barley Hall Trust, 1999

The Great Bed of Ware in the Victoria and Albert Museum
A survey of Elizabethan bed-hangings and bedclothes
[Victoria and Albert Museum report, 1999]

Walraversijde 1465: The heyday of a fishing village on the North Sea Coast
(with Marnix Pieters and A.Ervynck) Province of West Flanders, 2000

The Laird’s Table: Scottish Border food and tableware in 1629
Scottish Borders Council, 2001

“Changing yesterday’s rooms”: Welsh interior decoration before 1700
CADW “Heritage in Wales” Magazine, Spring 2001

“Fit for a Judge”: Restoring the Judge’s Lodging, Presteigne
Heritage in Wales”, Winter 2001

Recreating Walraversijde
Article in “Mediaeval Life”, Spring 2002

The Recreation of Walraversijde: a new Historical and Archaeological Guide
Dutch and English versions: Domein Raversijde/V.I.O.E/Province of West Flanders 2004

‘Living Rooms’ :Interior Decoration in Wales 400-1960
CADW, 2005

‘From Evidence to Physical Reconstruction: Recreating Mediaeval Walraversijde’ in Pieters et al: Fishery, Trade and Piracy: Fishermen and Fishermen’s Settlements in and around the North Sea area in the Middle Ages and Later :V.I.O.E. Brussels 2006

Guide to the Judge's Lodging, Presteigne

Blaenavon Cottage Interiors
Notes for visitors 2006, revised 2008

Recreating the Engine Row Cottages, Blaenavon
‘Heritage in Wales’ magazine, Summer 2007.

Seven Ages of Nantclwyd House [with Christopher Williams]
August 2007

Nantclwyd House Guidebook [with Christopher Williams]
September 2007

‘Interpretation, entertainment, involvement: historic site presentation c.1983-2008’
In Conservation Bulletin, English Heritage, Summer 2008

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