Community Archaeology on the Mendip Plateau

In 2016

Six of us visited Dunster Castle and watermill on October 19th. The weather was good and the scenery superb with the autumn colours. We chose to do a guided Castle tour of the attic where the servants lived, followed by a visit to see the mill in action. After a  quick look around the church, admiring the reuse of an early carved window surround inserted upside down in the porch, we explored the back lanes of the village, discovering the dovecot and medieval barn. We couldn't leave without a pot of tea, and of course a mooch around the rather nice shops in the main street. 

In 2015

Sunday June 28th 

Anny organised a walk at  East Quantoxhead and Kilve, Somerset, looking at the old Manor House and church, followed by a pub lunch and visit to the well-preserved remains of Cleeve Abbey in the afternoon. The weather was kind to us and a very enjoyable day was had by all.

Sunday January 25th 
Members braved the mud to walk along the old Somerset Coal Canal from Paulton to Radford. It is in the process of being restored, with large-scale earth movement going on- hence the mud! We were given a guided tour of the restoration by Mike, one of the society members, who showed us the recently excavated dry dock, the bridge reconstruction in progress, and some fine walling which has been uncovered through the dredging. Lunch was at Radford Mill, courtesy of Richard and then back along the river bank, taking in the old iron foundry. A worthwhile walk and very good example of industrial archaeology. Thanks Anny for organising. 


Community Archaeology on the Mendip Plateau
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