So here is the new path surface complete at last throughout the church yard. For the first time it is possible to see the outline of the 7th Century Anglo-Saxon church excavated last summer and understand its full ground plan. Work began yesterday fitting the metal rails that form the mould for the outline of … Continue reading The church yard paths completed
I am delighted to report great progress after a full week of work laying the new paths in the church yard. The path leading from the main gate was laid up to and beyond the Priest's Door on the south side of the Chancel this morning. This area will be open to walk on by … Continue reading The Church Yard re-opens!
With the rubber crumb laid, it was possible today to mark out the outline of the 7th Century Anglo-Saxon church. This task got underway this morning with string and nails, and a can of spray paint. It was interesting to find that the interior radius of the apse was exactly 90 inches. Aluminium battens will … Continue reading Further progress in the church yard
Work has continued preparing the paths in the church yard for the new surface. It is necessary to dig out all the old paths first so we can lay a sub-base of aggregate and then lay the new resin-bound surface on top. Taking out the old path by the main entrance, we discovered what appears … Continue reading Further discoveries in the church yard
We are delighted to announce that our contractors have now been able to return to work in the church yard and yesterday began the work of finishing off laying the new paths, including the new path to the north door providing step-free access. This work will also include removing the spoil heaps that remain following … Continue reading Work begins again in the church yard
Readers of this blog over the summer will recall how we unexpectedly uncovered the remains of substantial walls due east of the War Memorial. At the time, these were interpreted as the remains of the Archbishops' residence or Aula, which was built in the 11th Century and at least partially demolished in the 14th Century. … Continue reading A view of the Archbishops’ residence
As the autumn leaves start to fall on the foundations of Ethelburga's church, we are slowly beginning the process of restoring the churchyard following the end of the dig and the start of the next phase of the project. The viewing platform has now been dismantled. Our contractors, Astral, will return to site on Monday … Continue reading Restoring the dig site
The BBC were on site in the morning recording for the South East News programme. We were initially scheduled to give a live broadcast on the lunchtime bulletin, but this was pulled at the last moment. The broadcast went out on the 6.30pm bulletin, available here on IPlayer but only until 7pm on 21 August. … Continue reading Day 38 – Media Day!