Dr Paul Barnwell

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Paul Barnwell teaches the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History, some modules of which also form part of the MSc in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, and co-directs the DPhil programme in Architectural History. He also directs Weekly Classes and Day and Weekend Schools in Architectural History and the Historic Environment, and co-directs the programme of short courses for Professional Training in the Historic Enviroment.

Research interests

Paul Barnwell's main research interests lie in the middle ages, though he sometimes ranges further afield. His primary interests are twofold: the ways in which buildings and landscapes were perceived and used by past generations, and the administrative and legal aspects of the transition from the Roman Empire to the medieval world. His main current research project, for Historic England, relates to the evolution of English parish churches, particularly in the county of Northampton, and the ways in which they were used and experienced by ordinary parishioners from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Reformation. He is also editing a series of ten volumes on ‘Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland’ from prehistory to the present, which will appear in the series ''Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment'', published by Shaun Tyas, of which is the general editor. He is a member of the editorial boards of Northern History and Vernacular Architecture; from 1996 to 2012 he contributed the chapter on late antiquity and the early middle ages to the Historical Association's Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature.



P S Barnwell, Emperor, Prefects and Kings: The Roman West 395-565, London, Duckworth, 1992

P S Barnwell and A T Adams, The House Within: Interpreting Medieval Houses in Kent, London, HMSO/RCHME, 1994

S Pearson, P S Barnwell and A T Adams, A Gazetteer of Medieval Houses in Kent, London, HMSO/RCHME, 1994

P S Barnwell, Kings, Courtiers and Imperium: The Barbarian West 565-725, London, Duckworth, 1997

P S Barnwell and C Giles, English Farmsteads, 1750-1914, Swindon, RCHME, 1997

S Taylor, M Cooper and P S Barnwell, Manchester''s Warehouse Legacy: An Introduction and Guide, Swindon, English Heritage, 2002

Edited volumes

W D Cocroft and R J C Thomas (ed by P S Barnwell), Cold War: Building for Nuclear Conflict, Swindon, English Heritage, 2003

P S Barnwell and M Mostert, Political Assemblies in the Earlier Middle Ages, Studies in the Early Middle Ages 7, Turnhout, Brepols, 2003

P S Barnwell, M Palmer and M Airs, The Vernacular Workshop: From Craft to Industry, 1400-1900, CBA Research Report 140, York, CBA, 2004

P S Barnwell, C Cross and A Rycraft, Mass and Parish in Late Medieval England: The Use of York, Reading, Spire Books, 2005

P S Barnwell and M Airs, Houses and the Hearth Tax: The Later Stuart House and Society, CBA Research Report 150, York, CBA, 2006

P S Barnwell and M Palmer, Post-Medieval Landscapes, Landscape History After Hoskins 3, Macclesfield, Windgather Press, 2007

P S Barnwell and A Pacey, Who Built Beverley Minster?, Reading, Spire Books in Association with The Friends of Beverley Minster, 2008

M Airs and P S Barnwell, The Medieval Great House, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment 1, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2011 

M Mostert and P S Barnwell, Medieval Legal Process: Physical, Spoken and Written Performance in the Middle Ages, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 22, Turnhout, Brepols, 2011 

P S Barnwell and M Palmer, Country House Technology, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 2, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2012

P S Barnwell and B K Roberts, Britons, Saxons and Scandinavians: The Historical Geography of Glanville R J Jones, The Medieval Countryside, 7, Turnhout, Brepols, 2012

P S Barnwell, G Tyack and W Whyte, Sir George Gilbert Scott 1811-1878: An Architect and His Influence, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 3, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2014

P S Barnwell, Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 300-950, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 4, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2015

S Harper, P S Barnwell and M Williamson, Late Medieval Liturgies Enacted: The Experience of Worship in Cathedral and Parish Church, Farnham, Ashgate, 2016

P S Barnwell, Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 950-1150, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 5, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2016

P S Barnwell and P Henderson, Architect, Patron and Craftsman in Tudor and Early Stuart England: Essays for Malcolm Airs, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 6, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2017

P S Barnwell, Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1150-1350, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 7, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2018

P S Barnwell, Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1350-1550, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 8, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2019

P S Barnwell and M Palmer, Working-Class Housing: Improvement and Technology, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 9, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2019

P S Barnwell and T Cooper, Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1550-1689, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 10, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2019

N Alcock, P S Barnwell and M Cherry, Cruck Buildings: A Survey, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 11, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2019

Visitor literature

P S Barnwell, P Everson and I H Goodall, Helmsley - The Story of a Town, Swindon, English Heritage, 2004

P S Barnwell and P Everson, ''Landscapes of Lordship and Pleasure: The Castle and its Landscape Setting'', in J Clarke, Helmsley Castle, London, English Heritage, 2004, pp 24-5

P S Barnwell, C Dunn, I H Goodall and T Pearson, Rievaulx - The Story of a Valley, Swindon, English Heritage, 2005

P S Barnwell, C Dunn and I H Goodall, Duncombe Park - The Story of an Estate, Swindon, English Heritage, 2006

P S Barnwell and D McOmish, Arundel - The Making of Town, Swindon, English Heritage, 2006

Journal articles, chapters in books, and papers in conference proceedings

P S Barnwell, '''Epistola Hieronimi de gradus Romanorum': An English School Book", Historical Research, 64 (1991), pp 77-86

P S Barnwell, ''The National Farm Survey, 1941-3'', Journal of the Historic Farm Buildings Group, 7 (1993), pp. 12-19

P S Barnwell and A T Adams, ''Recording for the Archive: Field Survey and the Public Record'', in C Giles and S Wade Martins (ed), Recording Historic Farm Buildings: Proceedings of a One-Day Conference Held on 15 January 1994 at the King''s Manor, Exhibition Square, York, Reading, HFBG, 1994, pp 34-9

P S Barnwell, ''Kent and England in the Early Middle Ages'', Southern History, 16 (1994), pp. 11-20

P S Barnwell, ''HlafaetaCeorlHid and Scir: Celtic, Roman or Germanic?'', Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, 9 (1996), pp. 53-61

P S Barnwell, ''War and Peace: Historiography and Seventh-Century Embassies'', Early Medieval Europe, 6 (1997), pp 127-39

P S Barnwell, ''Timber-Framing in Kent''s Rural Houses, 1300-1510'', in D F Stenning and D Andrews (ed), Regional Variation inTimber-Framed Building in England and Wales down to 1550. The Proceedings of the 1994 Cressing Conference, Chelmsford, ECC, 1998, pp 68-73 (2nd edn, corrected, 2002)

P S Barnwell, ''An Extra Dimension? Lincolnshire Farm Buildings as Historical Evidence'', Agricultural History Review, 46 (1998), pp. 35-46

P S Barnwell, ''Life, Labour and Twentieth-Century Buildings'', Vernacular Architecture, 29 (1998), pp 59-62

P S Barnwell, ''"The Church of Beverly is Fully Reparied": The Roofs of Beverley Minster'', Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, 44 (2000), pp 9-24

P S Barnwell and R Horrox, ''Introduction'', in R Horrox (ed), Beverley Minster: An Illustrated History, Beverley, The Friends of Beverley Minster, 2000, pp 1-11

P S Barnwell, ''Emperors, Jurists and Kings: Law and Custom in the Late-Roman and Early-Medieval West'', Past and Present, 168 (2000), pp 6-29

P S Barnwell, ''Rural Industrial Revolutions: The Evidence of Agricultural Buildings in Northumberland and Cheshire'', Essays on Northern History in Honour of Marurice Beresford, Northern History, 38 (2001), pp 157-77

P S Barnwell, ''Beverley Minster: Some Perspectives?'', Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, 45 (2001), pp 45-56

P S Barnwell, ''Agriculture and Rural Society: Nineteenth-Century Farm Buildings'', in A D M Phillips and C B Phillips (ed), A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire, Chester, CCC and Chester Community Publications, 2002, pp 60-1

P S Barnwell, L A S Butler and C J Dunn, ''The Confusion of Conversion: Streahaeshalch, Strensall, and Whitby, and the Northumbrian Church'', in M Carver (ed), The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, Woodbridge, York Medieval Press/Boydell and Brewer, 2003, pp 312-26

P S Barnwell, ''Britons and Warriors in Post-Roman South-East England'', in D Griffiths, A Reyolds and S Semple (ed), Boundaries in Early Medieval Britain, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, 12 (2003), pp 1-8

P S Barnwell, ''Political Assmblies: Introduction'', in Barnwell and Mostert (ed), 2003 (above), pp 1-10

P S Barnwell, ''Kings, Nobles and Assemblies in the Barbarian Kingdoms'', in Barnwell and Mostert (ed), 2003 (above), pp 11-28

P S Barnwell, ''Churches Built for Priests? The Evolution of Parish Churches in Northamptonshire from the Gregorian Reform to the Fourth Lateran Council'', Ecclesiology Today, 32 (2004), pp 7-23

P S Barnwell, ''The Laity, the Clergy and the Divine Presence: The Use of Space in Smaller Churches of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries'', Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 157 (2004), pp 41-60

P S Barnwell, ''Workshops, Industrial Production and the Landscape'', in Barnwell, Palmer and Airs (ed), 2004 (above), pp 179-82

P S Barnwell, ''The Early Frankish Mallus: Its Nature, Participants and Practices'', in A Pantos and S Semple (ed), Assembly Places and Practices in Medieval Europe, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2004, pp 233-46

P S Barnwell, ''"Four Hundred Masses on the Four Fridays Next After My Decease": The Care of Souls in Fiftheenth-Century All Saints'', North Street, York'', in Barnwell, Cross and Rycraft (ed), 2005 (above), pp 57-87

P S Barnwell and C Cross, ''The Mass in its Urban Setting'', in Barnwell, Cross and Rycraft (ed), 2005 (above), pp 13-26

P S Barnwell, A B Barton and A Rycraft, ''The Requiem Mass: Text and Translation'', in Barnwell, Cross and Rycraft (ed), 2005 (above), pp 145-72

P S Barnwell, ''Einhard, Louis the Pious and Childeric III'', Historical Research, 78 (2005), pp 129-39

P S Barnwell, ''Farm Buildings and the Industrial Age'', in D Gwyn and M Palmer (ed), Understanding the Workplace: A Research Framework for Industrial Archaeology in Britain, Industrial Archaeology Review, 27 (2005), pp 113-20

P S Barnwell, ''The Use of the Church: Blisworth, Northamptonshire, on the Eve of the Reformation'', Ecclesiology Today, 35 (2006), pp 43-62

P S Barnwell, ''Anglian Yeavering: A Continental Perspective'', in P Frodsham and C O''Brien (ed), Yeavering: People, Power and Place, Stroud, Tempus, 2005, pp 174-84

P S Barnwell, ''Low Side Windows: Ventilating a 170-Year Old Controversy'', Ecclesiology Today, 36 (2006), pp 49-67

P S Barnwell, ''Houses, Hearths and Historial Inquiry'', in Barnwell and Airs (ed), 2006 (above), pp 177-83

P S Barnwell and L Mansfield, ''Heritage, Biodoversity and Rural Regeneration in the Howardian and Hambleton Hills'',International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, 2 (2006), pp 162-5

P S Barnwell, ''Conclusion: Discovering the Post-Medieval Landscape - After W G Hoskins'', in Barnwell and Palmer (ed), 2007 (above), pp, 201-4

P S Barnwell, ''The Power of Peak Castle: Cultural Contexts and Changing Perceptions'', Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 160 (2007), pp 20-38

P S Barnwell and A Pacey, ''Introduction'', in Barnwell and Pacey (ed), 2008 (above), pp 12-20 A Pacey and P S Barnwell, ''The 16th and 17th Centuries: Furnishings, Monuments and Repairs'', in Barnwell and Pacey (ed), 2008 (above), pp 96-105

P S Barnwell, ''Craftsmen and Women of the 18th-Century Restoration'', in Barnwell and Pacey (ed), 2008 (above), pp 106-25

P S Barnwell and G Brandwood, ''Architects and Craftsmen of the 19th Century'', in Barnwell and Pacey (ed), 2008 (above), pp 126-33

P S Barnwell, ''The Medieval Churches of Whittlewood Forest'', Ecclesiology Today, 41 (2008), pp 3-28

P S Barnwell ''Pre-Reformation Parish Churches: A Point of View'', in P Guillery (ed), Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular, London, Routledge, 2010, pp 33-48

P S Barnwell, ''Conclusion: Contexts and Approaches'', in Airs and Barnwell (ed), 2011 (above), pp. 243-50

P S Barnwell, ''Seating in the Nave of the Pre-Reformation Parish Church'', in T Cooper and S Brown (ed), Pews, Benches and Chairs: Church Seating in English Parish Churches from the Fourteenth Century to the Present, London: Ecclesiological Society, 2011, pp 69-86 

P S Barnwell, ''Action, Speech and Writing in Early Frankish Legal Proceedings'', in Mostert and Barnwell (ed), 2011 (above), pp. 11-25

B K Roberts with P S Barnwell, ''The Multiple Estate of Glanville Jones: Epitome, Critique, and Context'', in Barnwell and Roberts (ed), 2012 (above), pp. 25-140

P S Barnwell, ''Conclusion: Historical Significance'', in Barnwell and Palmer (ed), 2011 (above), pp. 214-24

P S Barnwell, "Documentary and Textual Evidence: Brixworth in History", in D Parsons and D S Sutherland (ed), The Anglo-Saxon Church of All Saints, Brixworth, Northamptonshire: Survey, Excavation and Analysis, 1972-2010, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2013, pp 220-9

P S Barnwell, The Place of Baptism in Anglo-Saxon and Norman Churches, Deerhurst Lecture 2013, Deerhurst: Friends of Deerhurst Church, 2014 

P S Barnwell, 'Conclusion: Churches, Sites, Landscapes', in Barnwell (ed), 2015 (above), pp. 209-26

P S Barnwell, 'The Nature of Late Medieval Worship: The Mass', in Harper, Barnwell and Williamson (ed), 2016 (above), pp. 207-18

P S Barnwell, 'How to Do Without Rubrics: Experiments in Reconstructing Medieval Lay Experience', in Harper, Barnwell and Williamson (ed.), 2016 (above), pp. 235-54

P S Barnwell, ‘The Cure of Souls in England, c. 950–c. 1130’, in Barnwell (ed), 2016 (above), pp. 154–75

P S Barnwell, ‘Conclusion: Formation, Re-Formation and the Creation of Conformity’, in Barnwell (ed), 2016 (above), pp. 187–97

P S Barnwell, ‘The Universal Church in the Local Community: English Parochial Churches, c. 1130-c. 1350’, in Barnwell (ed), 2018 (above), pp. 188-213

P S Barnwell, ‘Conclusion: The Community of the Faithful’, in Barnwell (ed), 2018 (above), pp. 234-45 

P S Barnwell, 'The Community and the Individual: Worship in the Late Medieval English Parochial Church', in Barnwell (ed), 2019 (above), pp. 207-41

P S Barnwell, 'Conclusion: The Flourishing of a Religious Culture', in Barnwell (ed), 2019 (above), pp. 242-59

E. Craig-Atkins, J. Crangle, P. S. Barnwell, D. M. Hadley, A. T. Adams, I. Atkins, J.-R. McGinn and A. James, 'Charnel Practices in Medieval England: New Perspectives', Mortality, 24 (2019), pp. 145-66

P S Barnwell, 'Conclusion: Historic Working-Class Housing - Unfinished Business', in Barnwell and Palmer (eds), 2019 (above), pp. 166-91

P S Barnwell, 'Conclusion: Reformations and Re-formations', in Barnwell and Cooper (eds), 2019 (above), pp. 204-20

P S Barnwell, 'Trees and Crucks: A Speculation', in Alcock, Barnwell and Cherry (eds), 2019 (above), pp. 359-76

N Alcock, P S Barnwell and M Cherry, 'Cruck Construction: An Overiew', in Alcock, Barnwell and Cherry (eds), 2019 (above), pp. 377-93