'The Howse that was so Fayre'

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Discovering Campden House and gardens

Chipping Campden History Society has been awarded a two-year grant of £26,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake excavations on the site of old Campden House and do further research, hoping to find out more about the original design.

Members will know that from the geophysical survey two years ago the outlines of the house and gardens came up clearly. This gave us encouragement to get Scheduled Monument permission and the funding to do some real exploration, including soil sampling. 

We hope that more details of the garden design will be revealed, such as walls and walkways and possible evidence of planting. CCHS members will have the opportunity to visit other houses and gardens of the period to get an idea of how the mansion looked and what life would have been like in Campden in the early seventeenth century.

Would you like to be involved? 

We are looking for people to research Jacobean gardens, go to record offices to look at old documents, look at life as a stone mason, a laundry maid, a cook or would you like to plan a meal for Sir Baptist Hicks and his guests?

Or would you like to help on one of the digs?

The volunteers doing the excavations will be trained and supervised by an experienced archaeologist and the digs will take place during two fortnights in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017.

Perhaps you could organise our trips to other places or create exhibition displays?  We also need some help with project organisation.

Information about the progress of the project will be posted on Facebook and Twitter and this website.

Photo: Illustrative image for the ''The Howse that was so Fayre'' page

 

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