Longforth Farm Floor Tiles
The most recent discoveries at the Longforth Farm, Wellington medieval site have cast further light on the high status of the building. Two additional medieval floor tile designs have been found at the western end of the building confirming that the private chambers and possible chapel are likely to have been located here.
One of the designs includes a chequered argent or shield motif which may relate to the family name of St Barbe. The other is a recognisable depiction of King Richard I (1189–1199). This tile shows the helmeted king on horseback, charging against his enemy, and would originally have had an opposing tile showing Saladin, Sultan of Egypt, also in a symbolic combat pose. These two great adversaries were involved in the Third Crusade (1189–1192) and are often depicted together on this type of floor tile.
Following an enjoyable and successful day on Friday 12th July 2013, when local historical societies were shown around the site, information provided by a local historian could suggest that the building was owned by a medieval Provost (a Steward or Bailiff of a medieval manor or officer of a medieval district).
The interest and enthusiasm from the local societies was overwhelming and we are hopeful that future insights from them and other members of the community will provide essential knowledge on the origins and use of this enigmatic structure.