Sir Fulke Greville – Collector, Builder, Gardener and Warwickshire Man


Wednesday 11th January 2017

Alcester and District Local History Society

Commencing 8pm

St. Benedict’s RC School, Alcester

Non-members welcome


Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628), born in Beauchamp Court, Alcester, lived through one of the most exciting periods of British history. He served at the courts of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, and held several important positions including Treasurer to the Navy, Chancellor to the Exchequer and member to the Privy Council. In 1604 he was granted ownership of Warwick Castle, and transformed it from a derelict fortification into a lavish stately home.

This lecture will focus on Fulke Greville’s career, material world and Warwickshire connections. Key to this discussion will be the analysis of several fascinating but neglected inventories and documents relating to his life, some only published in 2016 posthumously by Alcester historian, Pauline Sands. These documents show Greville to have been a discriminating patron of the arts and collector of fine tapestries, paintings,  furniture, musical instruments, ceramics and other objet d’art.

(An 8,000 word essay on the subject is to be published in the Sidney Journal in early 2017).

Update – The Alcester and District Local History Society have just uploaded their 2017 calendar – click here to follow the link 




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