Adrian Henstock, BA DAA FRHistS; President of the Thoroton Society in Nottingham and former Principal Archivist in Nottingham.
A fascinating talk on the varied origins of the town from 1066-1350 including the development of its street plan, markets and church. The rise of influential families such as the Ferrers and the Cokaynes, all set against a background of baronial rebellions, outlaw gangs, famine and plague.
Adrian has a lifelong passion for local history first inspired by his upbringing in Ashbourne which he began recording historical notes at the age of 12. He has published over 60 booklets and articles in local and national journals including the much acclaimed series on Georgian Ashbourne. He has contributed to the BBC TV Mastermind programme and Channel 4 Time Team – History Hunters programme in which he appeared alongside presenter Tony Robinson.