News and Blog

The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. Lath and plaster work revealed

    Building work at our medieval premises this week has revealed the lath and plaster work from a ceiling in one of our ground floor offices.  This was a traditional method of building construction, used from the medieval period (replacing the use of wattle and daub) until the 1930s, when plasterboard was introduced.

    The oldest parts of our building date from the 14th century, when it was used as a pilgrims’ hostel for those visiting Canterbury Cathedral.  However, it is likely that the lath and plaster exposed here dates from Georgian times, when significant alternations were made to the building.


  2. The sun on our medieval headquarters

    Working in a medieval building has it’s challenges, and perks.  This week, notwithstanding last night’s thunderstorms, we have seen some beautiful sunshine.  We thought we would share a photograph of the blue sky above our 14th century timbered building, with some lovely poppies in the foreground.  Long may this weather last!

    If you are local to Canterbury, and would like to come and see our lovely building, and discuss your family history requirements, we would love to show you around.  Click here to contact us today.


    Achievements building

  3. The interesting etymology of the word “endorsement”

    Parchment was the most usual writing surface for our medieval ancestors.  Whilst flat pages were written on both sides, termed “recto” and “verso”, some documents were on rolled up parchment.  It was usual to write on only one side in this case, being the flesh side (rather than the hair side) which was called the “face”. On occasion the other side, or “dorse”, was also used and when this was for the purpose of authenticating a document, the practice was termed “endorsement”. An example of this would be the practice of endorsing wills on manor court rolls.



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