Slimbridge Sunday 19th November

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Slimbridge 19th november

Sunday 19th November. This event will be held on 45 acres of new undetected land, there is 1 small stubble field and the other is a large cultivated field. We have also been given the 30 acres field that the 26 roman broaches came out of on the last visit along with roman coins so we are increasing the number of people for this event.

Some evidence exists to show that there was Roman occupation in Slimbridge. Relics have been found both in the field to the east of Lane’s End bungalow opposite the end of Gossington Lane and in the field behind Lancelot Court. A Roman ford has been discovered across the River Cam at Old Ford Farmhouse. There is also evidence of a Roman road running along the course of the present A38.

In early times, the Severn would also inevitably have drawn travellers to the shoreline although there is no historical record of how readily boats could land near present day Slimbridge.
Later, there is a strong case for stating that the Vikings made camp, possibly on the River Cam, when they made a big assault up the River Severn to the Midlands. The name Heslinbruge has appeared as an early name for Slimbridge and was commonly used by the Vikings when they built a stone pass, usually not much more that 300 metres from where their boats were moored, to their campsite. This suggests that the village has not always been centred around where the church is now located. Slimbridge Street, now called Ryall’s Lane, might well have been the original centre of the village. Other names for Slimbridge include Slymbrugge and Slymbridge.
The Domesday Book gives the first quantitative picture of elements of what is now known as “Slimbridge Parish” as components of King Edward’s Berkeley Estate. In 1066 William the Conqueror granted William Fitz-Osbern about half of King Harold’s lands including the manor of Berkeley. In 1068 William appointed Roger de Berkeley reeve of the manor of Berkeley. When William died in battle in 1071, Roger was confirmed as reeve, reporting directly to the king.
Roger was followed by two further generations of the first Berkeley family, all called Roger de Berkeley. The last Roger de Berkeley was dispossessed in 1152 and the feudal barony of Berkeley was then granted to Robert Fitzharding, a wealthy burgess of Bristol. He was the founder of the Berkeley family which still holds the castle and which has become inextricably linked to Slimbridge. The estate’s records are invaluable to modern day Slimbridge historians.
The treacherous waters of the River Severn led to the construction of the Gloucester Sharpness canal which was first conceived in the late 18th century but only fully opened in April 1827. This briefly brought trade through the parish from a new direction although its commercial viability was almost immediately challenged by the construction of the nearby Bristol to Gloucester railway in 1844. The canal remains in use today although mainly for leisure purposes.
Slimbridge is today defined by its church, St John’s, whose spire can be seen from all over the vale. The first explicit reference to a church in Slimbridge goes back to 1146 but the present-day church has seen many changes since then. In its time Slimbridge has provided three bishops for London, Carlisle and Exeter, one of whom, Bishop Oglethorpe, crowned Elizabeth 1. Two versions of corbels portraying Elizabeth and Oglethorpe adorn the east wall of the chancel, one set original and one set Victorian replacements.
The parish has many links to famous people including William Tyndale and Edward Jenner. The records held at Berkeley Castle, Gloucester Archives and by the Slimbridge Local History Society provide a fascinating insight into the sometimes turbulent history of the parish.
Evidence of previous generations remains for the casual observer who can still see the medieval ridges and furrows in the surrounding fields, the Grade I listed church of St Johns, the numerous Grade II listed houses and the Grade II listed tombs in the graveyard.


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. Parking will be on the edge of the field.

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)

Slimbridge Sunday 19th November


Registration opens at 24-10-2017 14:28

Registration closes at 18-11-2017 18:00

Max Participants: 120

Registered Users:

  1. LordDarren
  2. gmortime
  3. cmb100
  4. chriscuddon
  5. micklamb
  6. leelizard
  7. TigerSteve
  8. Paulhills
  9. Thills
  10. vicvan
  11. nickjd
  12. Collpv945
  13. boycey71
  14. bazday
  15. paul300i
  16. AnnTurrell
  17. granv
  18. AdamM
  19. Kphillips
  20. ColinSilk
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  24. Hhills
  25. Andy48
  26. Audrey
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  28. JohnElder
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  31. Peck106
  32. PaulNewman
  33. Cliffy
  34. delboy123
  35. dilberthead
  36. bodger
  37. burtybee
  38. RB47
  39. Dave.E
  40. Shaggy67
  41. Buzzer
  42. Airspeed
  43. Lukejo
  44. R2T2
  45. MrChthon
  46. JaneC
  47. Nikolaj
  48. diggergray
  49. minidigger
  50. gje51
  51. DalejonesVI
  52. [email protected]
  53. Noobie
  54. Hedgerowbandit
  55. Lewisaza
  56. welshsignman
  57. Wheal
  58. Pwheal
  59. Stubbs
  60. mushuntgrrumble
  61. CarolB
  62. Bobbyf75
  63. DigDeep
  64. dnaceltic
  65. JamesL
  66. Brianmarshall
  67. Cloughie
  68. stevefoy
  69. Roge82
  70. Rhe93
  71. Hammytime
  72. chunkybutt
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  74. Mandy44
  75. Davey5251
  76. Finni1012
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  80. moira
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  1. Profile photo of Paul hills

    Paul hills


    Hi Joanne can you add Harvey’s name please. I can’t get hold of him to get him to register. His user name is hhills. Thank you

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    carol silk


    Hi Joanne, sorry to be a nuisance Colin at No 23 will still be at the dig. Can you please remove his plus 1 as he has managed to get himself onto the list now in his own right. Thanks Carol

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    Hi can I bring a +1 with me as my dad will be coming up. Username wheal

    Many thanks

  5. Profile photo of Chris



    Hi sorry to muck you around no longer need plus 1 as my dad has now registered under name of pwheal

    Many thanks see you in a couple of weeks

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    HI please could yo remove Myself ( TEZZA no32) and also Howard from your list i`m sorry but we will not be able to attend

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    Leah Rolph


    Hi Joanne, Please can you let me know if there is any space, as a few people have dropped out, and can I attend or can I be put on a waiting list? Thanks

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    moira lloyd


    my partner dnaceltic registered to come but when I tried it seems he had taken the last place is it possible for me to come with him as one extra I am also a member

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    Hi is it ok for my daughter to come as well.

    Kind regards


  10. Profile photo of James Lovell

    James Lovell


    Hi there. I know I’m a bit late to the party but is there any way to be added to a reserve list to this if anyone drops out? Thanks. James.

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    Hi jo – I’ve just unregistered so my +1 also won’t be attending. A free space or two for the reserves. Thanks :)

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    Vince Rees



    I am coming to this event on sunday i joined as a full member on 7th November but haven’t recevied a membership card will you have it for me on sunday so that i can get the discount


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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Vince, yes thats fine, i will be taking all outstanding membership cards with me this weekend for collection. Joe

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    Paul Sumner


    Hi Joanne
    Will be at Slimbridge on Sunday can you ask Paul to put mine and Colin Broughtons raffle prizes won at Culham on his van. Ticket green 819 blue ticket 692 I think both are book prizes.


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    chris cuddon


    can u please put my mate down as a none member please Phil Fraifeld he might become a member when he gets there please let us no asap thank u very much

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