The history of Barking will be the subject of a lecture by an Oxford University professor at Eastbury Manor on 23 November.
Professor George Garnett will hold a 45-minute session focusing on ‘the first golden age of Barking’.
It will explore the history of Barking Abbey, founded in the mid-seventh century, shortly after the conversion of the English to Christianity, by Eorcenwald, bishop of London, for his sister Æthelburg. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed a number of buildings and objects connected to the abbey and its inmates.
A medievalist and expert in early modern history, Garnett has published studies and essays on English and Norman history from the 10th to the 14th century, on medieval and early modern political thought and on legal history.
The doors of the venue will open at 6.45pm. The lecture, starting at 7.15, will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session and a drinks reception.
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