Events for 2018
We are planning this years events. If there is topic that you would like to know more about leave a request here
Subjects to be considered are Iron Age, Archbishops Fish Farming, WW1 commemoration of the end of the war, Tour of village houses with Vernacular Society
Afternoon teas and oral history
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Core sampling on the garth at 10 am
We are looking for fish scales in the soil which would show evidence of the Archbishops of York Fish farming
Everyone is welcome to come along and see what we are doing
We have special scheduled monument consent from Historic England to search for these scales
Saturday 21st October 2017
We welcome Kurt Hunter Mann from York
to talk to the village about Romans
Everyone is welcome and it is a free event
Cawood School 2-4.30pm
Refreshments available Donations welcome
Kurt has been an archaeologist for many years and was recently on a TV programme about headless bodies found in York
Saturday 23rd September a continuation of our examination of Cawood village bricks
Sandra Garside-Neville will discuss bricks and look at the research we have done so far
If you would like to know more about how to date your house from bricks please join us next week, we will be delighted to see you
meeting in the village school 12 pm to 4 pm
Refreshments provided. Visit to a rare example of a brickyard wind pump
Castle garth groups programme for 2017
Recording Cawood’s bricks: Exploring history
with Sandra Garside-Neville
on the 15th July at 10 for 10.30 until 4.30pm
In Cawood Church and later at Nether Farm (Opposite the church )
A free workshop on how to date bricks and buildings.
We hope to collect data from bricks in the village during the summer to identify any that were made here
later on the 23rd September Sandra will return to see the results. This will be useful if you miss the first workshop
Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks will be provided
A tour of some of the old listed houses included
email@example.com for more information and to book a place
Telephone: 01757 268666
Aerial Archaeology and the rise of the Drones
On Wednesday 14th June in the Old Boys School Cawood at 7,30pm we shall be introducing Aerial photography…a new tool for historians and archaeologists
Its an exciting adventure for the group to see the village from the air in such detail
Jon Kenny and Tony Hunt will show us the aerial photographs taken recently and explain the significance from a research point of view for our village
Please come along….
Its a free event…and we also include tea and biscuits in the price!
Hope to see you there?
Alastair Oswald will be leading our Historical Guided tour of the village on Saturday 6th May at 2pm, doors open at 1.45 refreshments after the tour
Cawood Castle Garth Group are going to try a new format in their presentation of local history
We would like to have more regular meetings possibly with speakers and visits and encourage more research on various historic topics.
If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch through our email or look out for posters with more details.
Battles of 1066
On Saturday 12th November 2016 we are holding an open day to see the results of the Keesbury Heritage Project from 1-4pm in the school hall
Dr Jon Kenny will be also giving an exciting talk on The Battles of 1066
The poster above gives more details for the afternoon
The event is free and everyone is welcome to join us
We will be holding a short AGM for the group before we start You are welcome to join us for this.
Refreshments will be provided and the latest books we have written will be on sale
Landscapes of Remembrance
Our archaeologist Dr Jon Kenny has been working with York Archaeological Trust, Hidden Context TV and the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce a You Tube video about War Memorials around York and the stories attached to them. In Cawood there are quite a few with surprising stories. The 2nd part of the film that shows Cawood is out now. It describes the movement of the war memorial from the chapel to the church memorial garden and the meaning behind the memorial window in the church
Landscapes Of Remembrance – Part Two
and can be found under this link
Keesbury Hall …..a new booklet with a short version of the research done on the history of the site and the Cawood family
Our new History of Keesbury Hall is now available at the Grangeside Nursery on Thorpe Lane, Cawood. Cost £2 each( this enables us to save for more when these run out)
The booklet is 32 pages and can be ordered by post. An extra 64 p for UK postage.
Cheques made out to Cawood Castle Garth Group
Send to 22 Church End, Cawood, Selby YO8 3SN
Later in the Autumn
We will have an open day to show the final results of the Keesbury project. I will post the date and time later. This photograph shows the last open day last October.
Finished Keesbury Project
At the end of June we finished our Keesbury Heritage Project
Feel very sad that it is all over. It was quite stressful at the end as I struggled to find someone to fill in the trenches for us. Farmers are always busy at this time of year with hay making and harvest.
I did however find a contractor who cleans out the local ditches. He came last Friday with a very large digger and made short work of it all.
By this time, the grass was so long and had been pushed over by the rain that it was impossible to walk on the site. After all the 43 days of digging, I managed to fall over in the moat on the last day. It’s not something I would recommend.
The contractor made a good job of the trench filling considering he found it difficult to see where they were. It was a great pity we couldn’t go back and do a little more digging maybe another time?
The flooding and the high water table beat us in the end.
This photograph shows trench 1
Heritage of Cawood
This is a link to a new series of videos produced by Dr Jon Kenny our archaeologist about the battle of Fulford in 1066
Nothing planned for Keesbury Dig at the moment but if the water still keeps going down then we might be able to get back in briefly
The sign for the gate is now complete just need to decide where to put it!
The site is still full of water.
If the water dries out in the next few weeks there is a possibility we could go back on the site to sift the soil heaps to see if we have missed any finds.
No events planned until the results of the Dig come out later this year
Launch of the Gooseberry Leaflet
We made it to the Selby Times just before Xmas to launch our leaflet.
The leaflet with research into gooseberry growing in Cawood is now finished
Hope to be able to put some in the Post Office soon
Finds Expert to Identify the artefacts
A finds expert is visiting next week so we should be able to date some of the work that we have been doing
The following week a brick and tile expert is coming Hope she can stay for a long time as we rather a lot of CBM (Ceramic building materials)
We sorted out the finds boxes ready for their visits which took most of the day
Our best finds so far are pieces of Jet. I wonder how the jet arrived in Cawood?
We are hoping that the pottery expert can identify the pot which was found in the same position which will give us a date for it
Some investigation has found that jet was carved in York during Viking times
Dig dates running out
The weather is unpredictable at the moment and when its not raining the trenches are filling up with water
Our last dig dates are……
Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th November and Thursday 26th November
These are dependent on good weather….fingers crossed it doesn’t snow. It did in 1971
Tuesday 20th and Wednesday the 21st October which may be our last dig events.
On the Wednesday we would like to clean up the trenches ready for a guided tour on the following Saturday the 24th October for our open day.
We have to end sometime I suppose!
It’s been a really good project and have found many things we had not expected
There have been disappointments at not finding the house……it’s probabaly in next door’s garden
Still, a cess pit, a midden, a fireplace, a drain and the medieval floor level have all been unexpected.
The school will visit Tuesday, late morning, weather permitting .
A guided tour of the site, wash finds and dig in trench 4 are the plans for Tuesday
Grand Finale to Project
Please reserve the date in your diary
Saturday 24th October 1pm-4pm
Cawood School Hall
During the day there will be a displays of all the finds, photographs of the dig, maps, surveys and gooseberry pies to eat.
There will be guided tours of the site with our archaeologist Dr Jon Kenny.
A talk by Jon Kenny and Margaret Brearley during the afternoon explaining our project and our achievements so far.
Jenny, Mary & Alison who excavated the channel
MORE DATES ADDED…………
We have added extra days …..we have quite a few trenches to start and finish
Dates of digs………:
Meet at 9.30-10 am until 4pm
at 15 Broad Lane, Cawood
We used the digger to lift the grass so we can concentrate on the fun bits………finding stuff!
If you are interested come along on one of the days………….no equipment needed
or contact us by e -mail
More Trenches on Keesbury
At last our Scheduled Moument Consent has come through..it only took 7 weeks!
If you would like to volunteer to help us please let us know?
We need volunteers to wash the finds as well as dig the holes…so something for everyone to have ago at!!
or you can just watch others digging holes!!!
We can offer evenings and weekends if you cannot come during the day