Postcode for this dig is HR2 0PJ.
You are welcome to arrive from 07:30.
There will be Tea, Coffee, Choc bars/crisps etc available all day.
Safe journey to all!
This dig takes place in Craswall, Herefordshire. The owners home is early 17th-century and we have over 65 acres of pasture of which 18 acres has been utilised for the past three years for crops. There is also an ancient Bulmers cider apple orchard on the premises.
The Church of St. Mary, which just happens to be a Grade II listed building dating back from the early 1400s, is unusual in that there are no graves due to being constructed on rock.
Our permission is just 6 miles south of 12th Century market town Hay on Wye and the word Hay”, is derived from Old English “hæg”, possibly meaning a “fenced area” and a noun used in late Saxon and Norman times for an enclosure in a forest. Hay-on-Wye has two Norman castles within a short distance of each other. It seems likely that Hay was first fortified by William Fitz Osbern during his penetration of south-east Wales in the summer of 1070, when he defeated three Welsh kings. The history of the site then continues through the lordships of the de Neufmarchés, which was confirmed at the Battle of Brecon in 1093, and also the Gloucester/Hereford families until 1165, when the district of Brycheiniog passed into the hands of the de Braose dynasty of Marcher Lords. In 1230 Hay Castle passed to the de Bohuns and the local history, including the battle near Hay in 1231, is continued through the Mortimer Wars of the 1260s and the battle near Brecon in 1266 down to the death of Earl Humphrey de Bohun in 1298.
Nearby is Craswall Priory, circa 12th Century.
Craswall priory was a monastery of the austere Grandmontine order. It is unique on three accounts:
1.It is the only site in England where the characteristic architecture and ground plan of a Grandmontine priory can be examined in detail.
2.At some 1,240ft, Craswall is by far the highest of all English monastic sites.
Its nearest rival, the Augustinian priory at Shap, is at a mere 800ft. Furthermore Craswall is overlooked by the Welsh frontier along Hay Bluff, rising to 2,200ft. The austerity of life at Craswall is amply demonstrated by these facts.
3.Craswall is also unique in a European context, for it is the only Grandmontine priory where one can see the ruins of two churches.
Surrounded by history in one of Lets Go Diggings favourite areas, this promises to be an interesting event and on new, undetected land just about anything could come up!
If you would like to attend the Carswall dig, please register below. And don’t forget, if for any reason you need to cancel, please rembe your name from the list and/or inform the organisers. Failure to do so will result in you being refused attendance of any future LGD digs and removal from the group.
Registration opens at 18-03-2018 12:07
Registration closes at 11-04-2018 23:00
Max Participants: 130
Registration is currently closed.