If you are interested in any of the following please contact us for further details. You can email through this website (Contact Us page) or come along to one of our meetings at the Fountain Inn, Parkend, Forest of Dean. We meet at 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except December).
This summer we are investigating Breckness Court near the village of Clearwell which is believed to be a medieval moated manor site.
The Victoria County History (VCI-1.Vol.V. p.126) state that 'ln 1225 the Crown gave Hugh of Kinnersley five oaks to build a house on his estate. Known in 1334 as Kinnersley Court and in 1358 as Brecknocks Court, it stood in a moated site north of Pingrey Iane and was probably occupied as a farmhouse in the early 17th century.'
We are currently undertaking a resistivity survey of the site and although there is still a lot of work to do, we have already identified what looks to be a substantial building on the main platform within the moated area. In the autumn, and once the resistivity survey is complete, we will field walk the site using metal detectors.
All the information obtained will be used to determine a strategy for excavating the site next year although it is important to state that the landowner has yet to give permission for any digging.
The Foresters’ Forest - Ongoing Project
The Foresters’ Forest is a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership programme to raise awareness and participation in the built, natural and cultural heritage of the Forest of Dean through individual projects using volunteers from local communities. One of the projects initiated, ‘Unearthing our Heritage’, seeks to better understand the archaeology of the Forest. DAG has been very active with this project and will continue to be so as the Partnership programme moves forward. Worcestershire Archaeology, who are responsible for this project, have recently announced that in September and October this year they will be hosting two field schools to investigate the Mile End Enclosure near Coleford which may be a possible Roman ‘fortlet'.