CANCELLED Colemere Ellesmere Shropshire Event

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This event will be held in Colemere, Ellesmere in Shropshire on 70 acres of grazed pasture.

Strictly no dogs allowed at this event. Thanks



Ellesmere Castle was probably an 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle most likely built by either Roger de Montgomerie, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, or his son Roger the Poitevin at Castlefields overlooking the Mere. Only its earthworks now remain, with the top of the motte being used for the bowling green, which still commands a fine view.

In 1114, King Henry I gave Ellesmere to William Peverel as a part of the Maelor, which included Overton & Whittington at that time. His descendants retained Ellesmere until apparently the late 1140s when the lordship was acquired, probably by force, by Madog ap Maredudd of Powys. Madog died in 1160 and Ellesmere came into the hands of King Henry II.

In 1177 King Henry II gave the manors of Ellesmere and Hales in England to Dafydd ab Owain Gwynedd (who already had a castle at Rhuddlan and was, by this time, the sole ruler of Gwynedd. Earlier, in the summer of 1174, Dafydd had married Emme of Anjou, half sister of Henry, and sister of Hamelin de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, both illegitimate children of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou). Dafydd remained Lord of Ellesmere until his death in 1203.

In mid-April 1205, Llywelyn the Great married Joan, Lady of Wales illegitimate daughter of King John and Ellesmere was given to them as a wedding gift. Llywelyn’s mother was Marared (Margaret), daughter of Madog ap Maredudd, Prince of Powys. There is evidence that, after her first husband Iorwerth’s death, Marared married in the summer of 1197, Gwion, the nephew of Roger Powys of Whittington Castle. She seems to have pre-deceased her husband, after bearing him a son, David ap Gwion, and therefore there can be no truth in the story that she later married into the Corbet family of Caus Castle (near Westbury, Shropshire) and later, Moreton Corbet Castle. Ellesmere was ordered to be attacked by King Henry III in 1231, but Llywelyn retained control of the lordship until his death in 1240. In 1241 King Henry III ordered John le Strange to repair the wooden castle of Ellesmere.

The lordship appears to have later passed into the hands of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd or his brother Dafydd ap Gruffydd, grandsons of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and last of the native Princes of Wales. The castle fell to royal troops from Chester during March 1282.

In 1287, Oliver Ingham, who was an English commander and administrator in Aquitaine during the War of Saint-Sardos and early Hundred Years War was born in Ellesmere. His daughter Joan married Robert (“Roger”) le Strange, 4th Baron Strange, son of Lord Strange of Knockin & Isolda de Walton.

By 1294, the preceptory of Dolgynwal (Ysbyty Ifan, Denbighshire, on the banks of the River Conwy) had been united with Halston, which was subsequently the administrative centre for all Knights Hospitaller estates in North Wales. Dolgynwal, which had been founded c. 1190, had acquired Ellesmere Church, its most substantial property, from Llywelyn the Great in 1225

In 1435, Griffin Kynaston, Seneschal of the Lordship of Ellesmere, (born at Stocks of landed gentry – descended from the princes of Powys), gave evidence at Shrewsbury to confirm the age of John Burgh, Lord of Mowthey, sponsored by Lord John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant of Ireland. Griffin’s fourth son, Sir Roger Kynaston, was appointed for life as Escheator and Sheriff of Merioneth and became Constable of Harlech Castle and Sheriff of Shropshire. Humphrey Kynaston, the son of Roger and his second wife Elizabeth Grey was, in 1491, declared an outlaw by King Henry VII and took shelter in a cave in the west point of Nesscliffe Rock, called to this day “Kynaston’s Cave”. He was pardoned in 1493.

The former Marcher Lordship of Ellesmere (formerly a Hundred in its own right) was annexed to Shropshire and the Hundred of Pymhill by section 11 of the Laws in Wales Act 1535.

Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere and Viscount Brackley, was born Lord Francis Leveson-Gower, in Ellesmere in 1800. A patron of the arts, in 1848 he purchased at auction for 355 guineas from the estate of Richard Temple-Grenville, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, the only known (or suspected) portrait of William Shakespeare in existence. Ellesmere Island in Canada was named after him.

There was a tannery located on the edge of the Mere in what is now known as Cremorne Gardens. These gardens were given to the people of Ellesmere by Lord Brownlow who was heavily involved in the Edward VIII abdication crisis of 1936.



Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And finds of this nature not reported will result in the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.

The event will start at 9am after a short briefing so please arrive between 8am and 8.45am. Digging finishes at 4.30pm. 

There will be no catering at this event so please bring food and refreshments with you.

If you can no longer attend after registering for the event please UN REGISTER, failure to do so can result in you being blocked from all future LGD events.

Non paid members £20
Paid members with a membership card £15
Under 16s free (no need to register)

Colemere Ellesmere Shropshire Sunday 18th March


Registration opens at 06-03-2018 16:00

Registration closes at 17-03-2018 23:45

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Registration is currently closed.


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    Suffolk Hunter


    Hi Jo

    Just signed up for membership long overdue i know, can i collect at this event?
    Can’t wait for the 4 hour drive from Ipswich pmsl.

    See you soon


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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Ian, ive just processed the payment and sent you a confirmation email, i will produce the card today so it will be available at your next event for you to collect. Thanks Joe

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    joe tilt


    hi Jo my partner Moira can not register for the Ellesmere dig but will be coming too, so could you please put her down she is a member but keeps having problems registering ,I have already registered for this one and hope you can help with this please .

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    Gary Hall


    Hi joanne is it ok i stay registered for this event and see what weather is like before I set of sunday morning .I live quite high up at Stocksbridge next to whitwell moor and near woodhead pass .it gets quite bad with snow up here…..Thats if it snows… forcast normally wrong…..I normally travel over woodhead pass to get to shorpshire …..The woodhead pass gets closed alot in bad weather. Kind Regards gary.

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    I wallis


    Hi could please you let me no whether the dig is on tomorrow it will be my first dig with lgd thanks Ian

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    Hi can I unregister please as doubt I’m going to make it due to weather and access from home thanks

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    Hi, can I still register for this? Only 40-odd going but registration is closed?

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    Suffolk Hunter


    Hi Joe, when will postcode appear, I need to leave Ipswich at 3.30am for this if it’s still going ahead. Regards Ian

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    joe tilt


    sorry it is late but waited to see the weather forecast for tomorrow before deciding that it would be far to dangerous on the roads having seen the forecast for Shropshire and Birmingham tomorrow the roads today have caused multiple accidents.

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    Peter stock


    Have unregistered for this event don’t think I will be able to get car out in morning rear wheel drive Merc useless in this weather
    If weather changes in morning may come up at lunch time if that’s aloud
    Sorry I relize how much work goes into organising these events
    Peter Stock

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    Suffolk Hunter


    Hi Joe, very sorry but news telling me A14 closed in places due to snow drifting, like the others very disappointed but would be stupid to try and make journey. Bloody weather.

    Will book next available dig.

    Totally gutted


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    Suffolk Hunter


    Hi Joe, to echo Peters comment, sorry it spoils all your hard work in organising this dig. I have to for once put safety and common sense first. Ian

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    Joanne Boyce


    Hi all no problem we have decided to cancel this event now due to the weather, sorry for any inconvenience caused. Joe

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