Professor Warwick Rodwell


Visiting Professor

Areas of Interest:
  • Ecclesiastical Archaeology
  • Structural Archaeology
  • Burial Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Furniture and Fittings

Key Facts:

I began my career as an archaeologist of the late prehistoric and Roman periods, and carried out excavations on numerous sites in eastern England. In the early 1970s my research interests moved towards the Anglo-Saxon period, and to the archaeology of buildings and landscapes. Church archaeology was just beginning to emerge as a sub-discipline, and I became heavily involved in its early development, carrying out major excavations and structural analyses on parish churches at Rivenhall, Hadstock, Barton-upon-Humber and Kellington, followed by the cathedrals of Wells and Lichfield. In 1988 I was awarded the Frend Medal by the Society of Antiquaries for services to church archaeology.

From 1975-81 I was director of the regional archaeological unit for South-West England, and have subsequently practised as a consultant archaeologist and architectural historian, working on churches, cathedrals, country houses and castles. I am Consultant Archaeologist to Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Bristol, Lichfield and Wells, and formerly to Glastonbury Abbey (1981-2005); I have also served on the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (1981-96) and on the Fabric Advisory Committees for Salisbury and Exeter cathedrals. From 1982-2006 I was advisor to the States of Jersey and various heritage bodies in the island, and carried out surveys and excavations on many medieval and later buildings. The major project was overseeing the restoration of Mont Orgueil Castle (1995-2006). I am currently principally occupied with programmes of structural recording, archaeological investigation and publication at Westminster Abbey.

Since 1965, I have published extensively, covering all periods of British archaeology from the Iron Age onwards. The first edition of my Archaeology of the English Church was published in 1981 and has remained the standard textbook on the subject; three monographs on the archaeology of Jersey have so far appeared, as has my two-volume study of the Archaeology of Wells Cathedral (2001); one volume on the archaeology of St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber has appeared and the second is in press (2008).


Monographs and Articles

W. Rodwell, 2007. St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber. English Heritage Guidebook.

W. Rodwell, 2007. 'Preface'; 'Chapter 1. St Peter's Church: Its Setting and Community'; and 'Chapter 2. Burial Archaeology', in T. Waldron, St Peter's, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire. A Parish Church and its Community. Vol. 2, 1-32. English Heritage.

W. Rodwell and G. Leighton, 2006. Architectural Records of Wells by John Carter, FSA, 1784-1808. Somerset Record Society, vol. 92. Pp ix+80.

W. Rodwell, 2006. Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey: History and Architecture. Jersey Heritage Trust. Pp. 60.

W. Rodwell, D. Miles, D. Hamilton & M. Bridge, 2006. 'The Dating of the Pyx Door, Westminster Abbey',English Heritage Historical Review 1, 24-7.

W. Rodwell, 'Lichfield. The Forgotten Cathedral', Current Archaeology 18 (no. 205), 8-17.

W. Rodwell, 2005. The Archaeology of Churches (3rd edn.). Tempus. Pp. 224.

W. Rodwell, 2005. 'Lichfield Cathedral: Archaeology of the Nave Sanctuary', Church Archaeology, vols. 7-9, 1-6.

W. Rodwell, 2005. '"A Small Quadrangle of Old Low-built Houses": The Vicars' Close at Lichfield', in R. Hall & D. Stocker (eds.), The Vicars Choral at English Cathedrals: History, Architecture and Archaeology, 61-75. Oxbow.

W. Rodwell, 2005. 'Begun while the Black Death Raged: The Vicars' Close at Wells', in R. Hall & D. Stocker (eds.), The Vicars Choral at English Cathedrals: History, Architecture and Archaeology, 112-37. Oxbow.

W. Rodwell, 2004. 'Revealing the History of the Cathedral: 4, Archaeology of the Nave Sanctuary',Friends of Lichfield Cathedral: Sixty-Seventh Annual Report, 18-35.

W. Rodwell, 2002. Westminster Abbey Chapter House and Pyx Chamber. English Heritage Guidebook.

W. Rodwell, 2001. The Archaeology of Wells Cathedral: Excavations and Structural Studies, 1978-93. 2 vols. English Heritage. Pp. xxviii+618.

W. Rodwell, 2000. 'Daneway and Lodge Park: The Archaeology of two Gloucestershire Houses'. Presidential Address, 2000, Transactions Bristol & Glos. Archaeological Society 118, 11-32.

W. Rodwell, 2000. 'Revealing the History of the Cathedral: 3, Archaeology in the Nave', Friends of Lichfield Cathedral: Sixty-third Annual Report, 20-6.

M. Patton, W. Rodwell & O. Finch, 1999. La Hougue Bie, Jersey. A Study of the Neolithic Tomb, Medieval Chapel and Prince's Tower. Société Jersiaise. Pp. 396.

W. Rodwell, 1999. 'Anglo-Saxon Church Building: Aspects of Design and Construction', in C.E. Karkov (ed.), The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England: Basic Readings, 195-231. New York.

W. Rodwell, 'La Ferme Grandet, St Lawrence: Recent Archaeological Discoveries', Annual Bulletin Société Jersiaise 27, 229-56.

W. Rodwell, 1999. 'The Witham Lodge Earthwork: Observations and Trial Excavations, 1970-72', in R. Turner, Excavations on an Iron Age Settlement and Roman Religious Complex at Ivy Chimneys, Witham, Essex, 1978-83, 260-7. East Anglian Archaeology 88.

W. Rodwell, 1998. 'The Archaeology of Church and Cathedral Floors', in J. Fawcett (ed.), Historic Floors: Their History and Conservation, 41-52. Oxford. (2nd edn. 2001).

W. Rodwell, 1998. 'Holy Trinity Church, Bradwell-juxta-Coggeshall: A Survey of the Fabric and Appraisal of the Norman Brickwork', Essex Archaeology & History 29, 95-114.

W. Rodwell, 1998. 'Les Ormes, St Martin: The Archaeology and Demolition of a Jersey Farmhouse',Annual Bulletin Société Jersiaise 27, 229-56.

W. Rodwell, 1997. 'Landmarks in Church Archaeology. A Review of the Last thirty Years', Church Archaeology 1, 5-16.

W. Rodwell, 1997. 'Caring for Cathedrals: The Archaeological Dimension', in P. Burman (ed.), Heritage and Renewal: European Cathedrals in the Late Twentieth Century, 81-6. University of York.

W. Rodwell, 1997. 'The Fiery Column: An Early Seventeenth-Century Sea-Chart shewing the Channel Islands', Annual Bulletin Société Jersiaise 27, 57-71.

W. Rodwell, 1996. Les Ecréhous, Jersey. The History and Archaeology of a Channel Islands Archipelago.Société Jersiaise. Pp. 427.

Desktop Publications

W. Wilkins, W. Rodwell & C. Hamilton, 2007. Llanelly House, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire: Conservation Management Plan. Llanelli Town Council.

W. Rodwell, 2005. The Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. An Archaeological and Historical Survey. 3 vols. Pp. 267. Dorchester PCC.

W. Rodwell, 2004. The Parish Church of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. An Archaeological and Historical Survey. St Mary Redcliffe PCC.

W. Rodwell, 2004. 16 New Street, St Helier, Jersey. An Architectural Survey and Description of the House. Pp. 63. National Trust for Jersey.

W. Rodwell, 2002. The Parish Church of St Helier, Jersey. An Archaeological and Historical Survey. Pp. 71. Parish of St Helier.

W. Rodwell, 2002. Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey. Summary Reports on Archaeological Investigations, 1996-2002. 2 vols., pp. 92. Jersey Heritage Trust.

W. Rodwell, 2002. The Elms, Saint Mary, Jersey. An Archaeological Survey and Analysis of the House and Outbuildings. Pp. 73. National Trust for Jersey.

W. Rodwell, 1997. The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Glos. An Archaeological Appraisal of the Fabric and Fixtures. Pp. 80. Cirencester PCC.

W. Rodwell, 1997. The Parish Church of St Lawrence, Jersey. An Archaeological and Historical Survey. Pp. 71. St Lawrence PCC.

W. Rodwell, 1997. Wilbury House, Newton Toney, Wiltshire. An Archaeological and Historical Assessment. Pp. 92. Countess of Iveagh.


MA, DPhil, DLitt (Oxon.), D.Lit (Lond.), DLC, FSA, FRHistS, FSAScot

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