Archive for November, 2010

Come along to the Trent Vale and see scientists at work at Marton’s archaeological dig organised by Lincolnshire County Council!

  • Archaeological finds from Marton community field walkingMeet the archaeologists
  • Handle the finds
  • See the displays on the story so far
  • Have a guided tour of the excavation

Tours will be held on


Times of tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Directions to the site: if you are coming by car, parking is at the Village Hall, or at the end of the ‘made’ part of Littleborough Lane.  Walk along Littleborough Lane for a short way and enter the field on your right at the second gap in the hedge. Please make yourself known to a member of staff.

Please wear stout and waterproof footwear and warm and waterproof clothes.  The site is uneven.  All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  No dogs please.

For more information please call Sarah Grundy, Lincolnshire County Council on 01522 553109.


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Volunteers at Knaith recording archaeological features along the River TrentKnaith parish was the target of our Revealing the Riverbank project on 15 November. The volunteers assembled at the church and were greeted with much better weather conditions that we’d had at the previous session. We were hopeful of finding archaeological features to record, being so close to the church and the village, but changes to the course of the river over the years, and the creation of flood defences means that archaeology hasn’t always survived.

Volunteers recorded a number of garden features, including a wall that was built out of reused stone and included fragments of medieval decoration.  More decorative masonry was discovered all along the riverbank, and is clear evidence that there must have been a high status medieval building in the area.  There was also a building on the waterfront, constructed of hand-made bricks sat on stone foundations, which sat next to a holloway (an old trackway) and the remnants of a pier structure.

Wall discovered during the project that is built out of reused stone with fragments of medieval decorationOnce we have cross-referenced what we recorded with the records that Lincolnshire County Council hold, we will be able to see if any of the features recorded are new discoveries.

The next Revealing the Riverbank session with the local community will take place on 30 November in Collingham Parish. Contact Emily Gillott (emily.gillott@nottscc.gov.uk) if you would like to come along and learn more about your local heritage.

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Volunteers Revealing the Riverbank at LittleboroughA handful of bold volunteers braved the icy rain and blustery conditions on Thursday 11 November to take part in a riverside audit of archaeological features for the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership. As this type of survey has never been attempted before we really have no idea what sort of archaeology might survive on the ground along the riverbank, and there’s always the chance that we might go out and find nothing at all. Fortunately, for those who made it on our first session at Littleborough in the parish of Sturton le Steeple, this was far from the case.

We’d been hoping to get right down onto the river front, but due to all the rain that had fallen over the past few days the river was very full. But despite weather problems, volunteers found and recorded the site of a ferry crossing. The winch and pulley that once hoiseted the boat across the river were still in situ on the slipway that ran down to the river from an old stone revetment. The revetment, made of massive blocks of non-local stone, ran for many metres along the waterfront either side of the ferry.

Volunteer surveying the riverbank for heritage featuresOur investigations were helped by local Ms Rhodes, who confirmed that the features we were looking at were, indeed, the remains of a ferry crossing. She was also able to point us in the direction of a fascinating map of the village from the 18th century.

Littleborough was of some importance in Roman times, as it was where the town of Segelocum stood, by an important ford of the River and on the main road between the Roman towns at Lincoln and Doncaster. Dredging operations in the 18th century removed a surface of large flagstones from the river bed at Littleborough, that must have been put there to make fording the river easier, but we don’t know when.

We hope to look deeper into the history of Littleborough and its Roman origins as part of Trent Vale, so watch this space for updates!

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Mindful mosaics

Viking Mosaic at GainsboroughA set of eight handmade mosaics have been mounted along the riverside at Chapel Straith in Gainsborough for the Trent Vale as part of our Habitats and Heritage in your Community programme. These mosaics were produced by 27 young people from the Trent Valley Academy in Gainsborough and generated a massive total of 2704 volunteer hours for the Trent Vale Partnership.

The project was led by Lincolnshire County Council and West Lindsey District Council as a way to get young people back in touch with their heritage. The mosaics depict various scences from Gainsborugh’s history like the submarine, Vikings, steam ships and the Pilgrim Fathers. Take a walk along the riverside and let us know what you think.

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Winthorpe Walks

Trent Vale Groundwork walk at Winthorpe in November 2010Groundwork have just launched another set of healthy walks at Winthorpe village. These walks through the village and down to the riverside are open to all ages as well as dog walkers.

The meeting point is The Lord Nelson pub at Winthorpe at 11.30am every Thursday.

For more information please contact Dean Reed, Development Officer, te. 01522 546138 opt 3 or email dean.reed@groundwork.org.uk or just turn up.

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Diploma students worked at Sconce and Devon park today clearing scrub down by the Devon and making stobbs for footpath and step edges.Diploma students worked at Sconce and Devon Park today clearing scrub by the River Devon and making stobbs for footpath and step edges.

Students will eventually be working 2 days per week at various nature reserves in the Trent Vale learning a variety of skills including coppicing, hedge laying, woodland management and footpath construction. These 39 week courses will lead to a Diploma in Environmental Conservation.

A full description and course content can be found on our Events and Training page. Scroll down to Training with BTCV in Trent Vale.

Anyone interested in joining the courses should contact Ian Cattell immediately on 07825 377313 or email I.Cattell@btcv.org.uk

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On yer bike

Why not test out one of our cycle routes?On a pretty dry day for November, Sustrans volunteers Tony and Roger took Hester out on a new cycle route from Newark to Collingham. This 22 mile circuit took in the RSPB Langford Lowfields nature reserve, Langford quarry, Besthorpe quarry and nature reserve, a delicious sandwich at Pearsons Tea Rooms on Brough Lane just south of Collingham, Holme Church, the flood markers on the Church wall at Collingham, Winthorpe Lake with beached concrete barge, the river crossing at Carlton Ferry Lane, and the Maltings in Newark. The majority of the route was on very quiet tracks and roads, with only one hill over the railway line at Newark. It was a brilliant day out, taking in beautiful habitats and tons of heritage.

Roger and Tony from Sustrans developing one of our Trent Vale cycle routesDo you fancy testing this route out for us? Click on the link below and Google maps will show you this route. Please let us know what you think or  any problems you encounter or features we should include.

Or have you any suggestion of routes between Dunham Bridge and West Stockwith? Post any suggestions here or email anyone in the Team!

Newark and Collingham – view our Trent Vale circular cycle route.

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