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A Talk by Julian Barnwell: ‘Our Journey To Finding The Gloucester, Norfolk’s Mary Rose’ – Bergh Apton Festival

June 29

Find out how two diving Norfolk brothers, Julian and Lincoln Barnwell discovered the wreck of a 17th Century warship which had carried the future King of England.

A royal ship carrying James Stuart, future King James II, ran aground on a sandbank off the Norfolk coast on May 6, 1682, with great loss of life.  For 325 years, Gloucester’s exact whereabouts was a mystery – until 2007, when it was discovered by Norfolk divers, brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell and their friend, retired ex-Royal Navy submariner and diver James Little. Their search took 4 years, and only after another 5 years was it certain that it was the Gloucester.

Kept secret for a further 15 years to preserve the site from looting, the discovery of the Gloucester, and the wealth of artefacts recovered, were the subject of a major exhibition in Norwich Castle Museum in 2023, which attracted over 70,000 visitors.

Come along to Bergh Apton Church to hear the story first-hand.

Starts at 7pm


Bergh Apton Church
School Road
Bergh Apton, Norfolk NR15 1BX United Kingdom
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