Cowley Farm, Gnosall, Staffordshire ST20 0BE
PLEASE BE ADVISED WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A TOILET FOR THIS EVENT
This event will be held on 80 acres of undetected Maize Stubble.
We have hard standing for 70 cars and a field for 4×4’s. Please only register the driver on the car only registration, and the same for the 4×4;s, passengers have their own registration.
The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, in which it was named Geneshale. It is listed there as having a population of 12 households.
The Stafford to Shrewsbury railway line once ran through the village. Gnosall’s railway station opened on 1 June 1849 and closed on 6 August 1966. The line was built by the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company, which also managed the Shropshire Union Canal which runs through the village. A footpath, the Way for the Millennium, now follows its route.
Landmarks of interest include:
- St. Lawrence’s Church, which dates from Norman times and stands over the site of an earlier Saxon church.
- Coton Mill, where local rumours suggest self-raising flour was invented (despite strong evidence it was created in 1845, by Henry Jones, a baker in Bristol.)
- The lock-up, originally built on Station Road some time after 10 June 1820, when its construction was scheduled, and moved to its current site on Sellman Street in 1971.
There are also several old, privately owned, buildings such as the Duke’s Head on the High Street that was previously a public house. With a thatched roof, and herring-bone brick pattern between faded, unpainted wooden beams, it may be suggested that it forms one of the most picturesque scenes in the village.
A new primary school opened in 2016 replacing the building constructed as Heronbrook School. This building was unusual in that it was designed to appear attractive from the railway line passing behind it rather than from the front.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ALL LET’S GO DIGGING EVENTS
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 hardstanding and on a 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)