Monday, 15 May 2023

The Saxon Long House


Last week was the Oxfordshire Art week which I found out about at the last moment from my next door neighbour, one he mentioned was a Saxon Long house. Well I went along to see it with my son 

This is the Saxon Long House which was built adopting techniques the Saxons would have used

Nearby is a story board about it

First thing I noticed on the way in was this helmet, nearby was  a guy beating out the panels that would be used on something like this. It's a lot simpler that it looks. The helmet here is covered in Brass, under it is steel. It is heavy which I found out after picking it up. Mostly because of the chain mail around it

Nearby was another one of steel

and yet another beautiful one on a table

Along with various swords . The sword in the foreground was lighter than I expected

A Saxon well he is from the Living History Society . He explained all about the arms, he also played a Anglo-Saxon Lyre

Nearby were various spears and a shield he also told us about

On a table at the back were bowls and drinking horns. I found it a very interesting visit even if I did come home smelling of smoke from the house, the had a huge fire going cooking Saxon food.


  1. Interesting history! I'm always a bit humbled to see European history like this. It make us Yanks feel rather like whippersnappers.
    Thanks for sharing at

  2. Thank you for showing me, I love things like that

  3. I find this history fascinating especially since a large part of my ancestry is celtic and saxon.

  4. Fascinating! This sort of thing I go for.

  5. I would have loved to see that in person. Love the photos. Thanks so much!


  6. That was a very interesting journey. So many wonderful sights to photograph. Love this!

  7. What a fantastic bit of history! Wow! Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!


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