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It’s our fourth and final year of excavations at Eastcote and we once again look forward to welcoming volunteers and school groups to participate in excavations into some of the unknown history of Eastcote House Gardens.

In previous seasons, we have revealed foundations of a medieval house and its ditch, the 17th/18th century Eastcote House itself and its ancillary buildings (demolished 1964), and we have unearthed a large collection of finds, including flint tools, ancient pottery, iron nails and decorated plaster.

We are investigating two areas this year: a small dig to investigate a circular feature in the lawn, and a large area of 100 square metres to uncover what we think is the collapsed remains of a flint walled medieval house with a brick chimney. Hopefully, there will be a floor preserved underneath the rubble that we found last year. This is our last year at Eastcote with HLF funding, so this is your last chance!

The dig starts on 24th June, and runs until the 9th July, when we have an open day, but we will speak to any visitors at any time! Just come and say hello, or join in. Alternatively, stay up-to-date from a distance with the Dig Diary.

This exciting project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, and by London Borough of Hillingdon.

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