Excavations at Bramcote Old Church Tower

Pat Ashworth writes: A series of archaeological digs is under way this week and next at Bramcote Old Church Tower, ahead of the official opening of the community heritage site on September 8. Major works funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are almost complete but before the land is fully restored, archaeologists have a golden opportunity to search for artefacts and discover the footprint of the original church in its entirety, dating from the 13th century. The nave was demolished by the Victorians to build the new church of St Michael and All Angels in the village.

Emily Gillott, Community Archaeology Officer at Notts County Council, is supervising the dig. There’s a Community Archaeology Day from 11am – 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May, when visitors can chat to Emily, have a go at making medieval-style clay tiles, look at the recent finds and undertake their own ‘dig’ in a ‘finds’ sand-pit. With water and electricity now on the site, they can enjoy refreshments served from the new Pod facility. The site will be open again from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 May, between 11am and 3pm. Visitors will be able to chat to Emily and others and find out more about the dig, the Tower and the HLF project, which runs for another two years

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