Earlier today members of the BAS Active Archaeology Group visited the south abutment of the old swing bridge at White Houses on the Wendover arm canal. The bridge has been missing for over a hundred years and the only image does not give much clue as to its physical dimensions. Our excavation today attempted to find the platform on which the bridge would swing. We did not find a platform but a narrow brick path leading into the bank. We will discuss with the Wendover Arm trust what to do next.
On Sunday, 27 January 2019, members of the BAS Active Archaeology Group assisted Kris Lockyear and his team from the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group in a survey of the church yard of St Mary Magdalene at Boveney near Eton. The church dates back to the 14th-century and is the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. There is debate about whether its churchyard was or was not used for burials and they asked whether a geophysical survey could resolve this. We will update this post when the survey results are published.
Wingrave with Rowsham Heritage Association is pleased to present an illustrated talk on Aspects of the history of local canals, namely the Wendover Arm and Grand Union Canal on Friday 22nd February at 7.30pm in Wingrave Community Centre.
ALL ARE WELCOME! Entrance is free to members of the Association, but there is a fee of £4 for visitors. The Bar will be open.
Our Speaker is Doug Stuckey, the Secretary of the Bucks Archaeological Society and a member of the Society’s Active Archaeological Group.
Recent projects by the Group have included excavation and survey surveys of the former Whitehouses Pumping Station on the Wendover Arm and the former steam-generating boiler house at the Three Locks on the Grand Union Canal. Doug’s talk is a must for anyone interested in industrial archaeology, but it is also highly recommended to those who enjoy walking local towpaths or navigating the canals.
There are two conferences coming up in March/April that might interest you:
Saturday 30th March – Your Roman Past. Ahead of a major new programme of exploration into the Roman town of Durobrivae, near Peterborough, the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust is holding the first in a series of conferences about the archaeology of the Nene Valley and beyond. For further details and to book a place, go to https://www.nenevalleyarchaeology.co.uk/2019-conference-your-roman-past
Don’t forget as well to make a note of Saturday 6th April in your diary: come along to the CBA South Midlands spring conference at Bugbrooke, Northants, which will feature a review of recent archaeological fieldwork within that county. See the programme: Bugbrooke-2019-programme.pdf
David Ingham FSA MCIfA
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Street