Excavations at Eastcote House Gardens have started again, which is great, but it is our last year, which is not so good.
We started with a talk last night at the stables which gave a summary of the last three years of excavation, to give everyone an overview of what has been found, and I counted 51 people: it was full, and it was lovely to see so many of our volunteers.
Over the last three years we have found prehistoric flints, remains of a medieval house called Hopkyttes, with a substantial ditch associated with it, and much of the remains of Eastcote House itself, built in the 17th century and demolished in 1965.
Last year, one of our trenches in the meadow revealed the remains of a building that seems to have been built with flint walls, but we could not prove when it was built or what it was for, so this year, our trench is ten times bigger! We had 19 volunteers today, a great start, and we were all very busy. Day by day, we will find out the character of our remains, and I will post every day.
Everyone was trowelling very well today.
We will be digging two trenches this year. the other one is near the house, and we have only removed the grass from that, so we don’t know how interesting that will be . We’re all waiting for tomorrow!
We welcome new and former volunteers, so if you want to come along and dig, or just find out what is going on, come and say hello.