Exploring the Saxon period

Over the past few years the Trust has been able to commission geophysical survey at a number of sites in our care: Caistor Roman Town, St Benet’s Abbey, Burgh Castle Fort, Burnham Norton Friary and Tasburgh. The results of such surveys are always eagerly awaited. Though the process of surveying and interpretation is highly technical, there is still a sense of magic when features buried beneath our feet are revealed.

These surveys, put together with other resources such as the National Mapping Programme, have contributed towards a deeper understanding of the development of these monuments over time. In particular, the results at Caistor, Burgh and Tasburgh have drawn attention to the Saxon phase of settlement at each site.

With this in mind we have organised an AGM speaker, and our annual members' outing, to provide opportunities for focussing on this period.

NAT AGM lecture, Tuesday 24 October 2017:  ‘Home is where the hearth is: The Anglo-Saxon settlements of East Anglia’. Dr Richard Hoggett MCIfA FSA. www.richard-hoggett.co.uk 
KENT ROOM at the ASSEMBLY HOUSE, NORWICH. Coffee will be served from 10am

In the light of recent research at Trust sites at Burgh Castle Fort, Tasburgh and Caistor, Dr Hoggett has been invited to speak on Anglo-Saxon settlements in the region. The talk will examine the changing nature of East Anglian settlements throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, drawing upon newly excavated and recently published sites from across the region, including West Stow, Carlton Colville, Brandon and Sedgeford. The talk is open to NAT members. A limited number of spaces may be available for non-members – please get in touch if you are a non-member and would like to attend.

KENT ROOM at the ASSEMBLY HOUSE, NORWICH Coffee will be served from 10am

NAT Annual Outing, Saturday 4 November 2017:  West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Following the AGM we are offering the opportunity to visit West Stow Anglo-Saxon village, one of the sites which Dr Hoggett will be examining in his talk. The ‘village’ is the only early Anglo-Saxon settlement reconstructed on the original excavated site.  There are seven buildings to explore.  https://www.weststow.org

Visits begin with a short DVD introduction followed by a tour of the Anglo-Saxon Village led by a specialist member of staff. There will then be time to explore the buildings on your own, and visit the Museum and West Suffolk Archaeology gallery where finds from the settlement, the cemetery and other local sites can be seen, with replicas to handle.  There is a gift shop and a café available on site.

We plan to leave by coach at 9.30am (pick-up venue Caistor Roman Town – parking will be available on field south of main car park) and return by 17.00 latest.

Cost will be £16 for NAT members/CRP associate members, £18 for non-members.

To book:

  • Please email info@norfarchtrust.org.uk to book places on the coach 
  • Please indicate whether you wish to book lunch in the café, or whether you will bring a packed lunch
  • Payment will be requested once the outing is confirmed (dependent on numbers).

New in brief

Heritage Open Days at Trust sites https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

  • Caistor Roman Town Guided tours: Sunday September 10th 2017: 1400 and 1500. Meet your tour guide by the shelter in the Roman Town Car Park. No booking required. [NAT & CRP joint event]. PLUS EXHIBITION: 1100 – 1600 in the church. One day only, ‘pop-up’ exhibition on East Anglia’s archaeological sites produced as part of ‘Global perspectives on British Archaeology: an East Anglian model for positioning our heritage in international context’ – project led by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures  http://sainsbury-institute.org/research/archaeology-and-heritage/global-perspectives Free cup of tea or coffee in the church .
  • Tasburgh: Imagined Land at Tasburgh: The Rehearsal (Tasburgh Village Hall): Saturday 9 September: 1400-1600/ Sunday 10 September: 1400-1600. Come and watch the people of Tasburgh as they gear up for a pageant and celebration of the hill fort site at the centre of the village - the final performance will be on the following weekend. The Village Hall will play host to open rehearsals and a community-created exhibition inspired by the archive and archaeological research findings for the Heritage Lottery Funded Imagined Land Project. No booking required
  • St Benet’s Abbey Free Guided Walks from Ludham Bridge: Saturday 9 September: Tour 1000 & 1400. Meet by the Bridge, Ludham Bridge, Ludham, Norfolk, NR29 5NX [TFOSBA event].Enjoy free guided walks from Ludham Bridge to St Benets Abbey along the recently opened permissive path along the river. Find out about medieval life at the abbey, how monks changed the Broadland landscape and enjoy breathtaking views. Allow 3 hours (approx 3 miles, 4.8 km). Wear stout shoes. Weather permitting. Parking in layby by the toilets or by the river. PLUS Guided tours at the Abbey: Saturday 9 September: Tour 1100 & 1500 / Sunday 10 September: Tour 1500