1066 A Medieval Mosaic exhibition in Melton, Suffolk from the 16th December 2017 until the 4th March 2018.
The exhibition will be held at Unit 2, Riduna Park, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1LT.
The venue is located opposite the Suffolk Coastal District Council's new headquarters and over the road from Melton railway station.
The exhibition will be open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
We will however be open on the 12th and 13th February of half-term
It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 that Roger of
Poitou held 54 Manors in Suffolk.
Roger was Lord of Woodbridge in 1086 and also Tenant-in-chief. He was the fourth son of
Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury and Mabel de Bellême.
Roger de Montgomery was one of William the Conqueror's principal counselors.
He was the grandnephew of the Duchess Gunnor, wife of Duke Robert I of Normandy.
Roger, along with his brothers, was a supporter of Robert Curthose in his conflicts with Henry I of England.
After their failed rebellion of 1102, they lost their English holdings and were sent into exile.
According to Master Wace - "Roger had a hand to hand
encounter with one of the Saxon army. An English knight, wielding
a large hatchet, with the blade a full foot long, came bounding on with many Normans falling before him. He rushed
straight upon a Norman cavalryman and with his hatchet, cleaved the horse's neck. Roger de Montgomery came galloping up,
with his lance set, and heeding not the long-handled axe, struck him down. Then Roger cried out,
'Frenchmen strike! the day is ours!'"